Wednesday 21 February 2018

Brother of alleged victim talked to Dana about 'indecent assault', court hears


Shane Hickey in London

A close relation of the woman who has accused Dana Rosemary Scallon’s brother of indecent assault has said he wanted to “beat him” after he found out about the allegations, a court has heard.

The brother of the alleged victim said today that he talked to the singer at a Christian conference about what John Brown (60) was said to have done and she told him that God had forgiven him.

Brown, of Lilly Hill Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, denies fives charges of indecent assault against two children, one under the age of 13 and another under 16, at various dates in the 1970s.

During the fifth day in the trial, the brother of the first alleged victim denied that the allegations have come about as a result of a bitter feud and insisted he is telling the truth.

His sister alleges that Brown assaulted her twice in properties in the UK during the 70s and another two times at their home in the US, which are not on the indictment as they happened outside of the jurisdiction.

He told the court this morning that he came home from college for a visit when he was in his late teens to find his mother and sister fighting after which his sister told him she had been abused by Brown.  He then argued with his mother about the fact that their father did not know and about why Brown had been in the house subsequently.

The brother said he “specifically remembered” speaking to Dana about the matter between two and three years later at a Christian conference where she was singing.  She said that god had forgiven Brown and he should do the same, he told the court.

He said that Brown had told him he was very sorry for what happened and that the incidents had happened a long time ago.  The brother said he could not remember whether this had happened in a face-to-face meeting or on the telephone.

When it was queried by defence barrister Martyn Bowyer, the witness said he wanted to “beat him”.

“It is only out of respect for my mother that is he is sitting over there today,” he said in Harrow Crown Court.  His mother was fearful about her husband finding out about the allegations, he said.

When it was put to him that he did not like Brown because of a business dispute, he replied:  “I don’t like him because he molested my sister”.

Questioned as to why Brown was put on the board of a company he set up in 2000, the brother said this had been a suggestion of his mother.  “It wasn’t my choice,” he said.  The court has previously heard that his mother was close to both Brown and Dana.

“I am here to do one thing, to make sure that man never hurts another child,” he said.

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