Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Dana's brother John Brown found not guilty of five sex abuse counts

Dana Scallon gave evidence during the trial
Dana Scallon gave evidence during the trial

The brother of Eurovision Song Contest winner and former Irish presidential candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon has been found not guilty of five counts of historic sex abuse.

John Brown, 60, was cleared of indecent assault against two girls under the age of 13 and 16 at several locations in Northern Ireland and England during the 1970s.

A jury of six men and six women found him not guilty of two charges relating to the first complainant earlier today and later acquitted him of the three remaining counts relating to the second this afternoon after a total of 11 hours and 54 minutes deliberation.

Brown, of Bracknell, Berkshire, had denied all of the claims or that his 62-year-old sister helped him to cover up the allegations.

Wearing a grey suit and white shirt, he stayed calm as he was acquitted at Harrow Crown Court in north west London.

Ms Scallon, who was in court to hear the verdicts, closed her eyes and appeared to cry as the jury foreman returned the verdicts.

The pair hugged in court and were congratulated by other members of their family before leaving the courtroom.

Ms Scallon first achieved fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1970 with All Kinds Of Everything.

Born in London to a Northern Irish family, she went into politics in 1997, served as an MEP for Connacht-Ulster and twice stood as an independent candidate at presidential elections in the Republic.

She is currently facing defamation proceedings there brought by one of the complainants against her brother over a 2011 television interview.

Martyn Bowyer, for the defence, described the prosecution's case against her brother as "fuzzy" on the details.

Brown is an innocent man who had been "consistent throughout", he said.

And he asked the jury not to be influenced by recent high-profile child abuse scandals.

Mr Bowyer said: "I beg of you, do not let other cases or other personalities in any way colour your judgment and your verdicts in this case."

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