Dana breaks down in court as she gives evidence in brother's trial
FORMER presidential candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon broke down in tears today as she denied allegations that she had covered up sexual abuse allegations against her brother.
The singer denied she had arranged treatment for John Brown (60) and that she was made aware of claims of the abuse against a child in the 1970s, a court heard today.
Ms Scallon took to the stand this morning on the ninth day of the trial of her brother who is accused of five counts of indecent assault - two against a child under the age of 13 and three against a child under the age of 16 at various dates in the 1970s. He denies all of the charges.
The court has previously heard claims from the prosecution that she was told of the allegations by the alleged victim’s mother and she had arranged for him to see a priest, declaring later that he had been cured.
Defence barrister Martyn Bowyer this morning questioned as to whether she had sought to cover up the allegations.
“I have not, I have not,” Ms Scallon said, becoming visibly upset.
It has been claimed that Brown assaulted the first alleged victim twice in the UK and twice in Iowa, where she lived. The second two allegations are not part of the indictment as they happened outside of the jurisdiction.
It is also claimed that after the first alleged assault in Iowa that the mother of the child contacted Ms Scallon - they were said to be close at the time - to tell her of what was said to have happened. It was then claimed that Ms Scallon said she would deal with treatment for Brown through a priest called Fr Brown she knew and later said he was cured.
When questioned as to whether she got a phone call about the allegations at the time, Ms Scallon said: “Absolutely not, I did not”. She denied that she had a conversation about treatment and said the only priest called Fr Brown she knew had died in the 1960s.
The first time that she had become aware of the allegations, she says, was during a court case in the United States over a business disagreement in 2008.
She became emotional in the stand again when she recounted how she was confronted with the allegations in October 2011 by Greg Harkin of the Irish Independent. She made a comment on television that night saying that “malicious” lies were circulating about a member of her family.