Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Paedophile brother in new six-month jail term

A man already serving nine years for involvement in the sexual abuse of five youngsters has been handed another six months in jail for sexually abusing a schoolboy in 2002.

John Michael McDermott (61) was one of three brothers from the Co Fermanagh village of Donagh charged with a catalogue of sex offences carried out over decades of abuse.

McDermott was earlier jailed after admitting a total of 35 sex abuse charges committed between 1969 and 2001, including the rape of a schoolboy.

When he was originally sentenced in June last year there was a public outcry when the other two brothers were deemed unfit to plead.

They were freed and allowed to return to the family home beside a children's playground in the village near Lisnaskea.

Yesterday Dungannon Crown Court Judge David McFarland acknowledged that while the additional six-month jail term to be served by McDermott may appear lenient, it was the correct term when added to his earlier sentence. In addition to being placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for life, McDermott has also been barred from working with either children or vulnerable adults.

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