Belfast Telegraph

Priest 'used his position to abuse'

A former priest accused of a litany of sex crimes used and abused his position to facilitate the sexual molestation of his three alleged victims, a court heard.

Making her closing speech to the Belfast Crown Court jury of nine men and three women, prosecuting lawyer Amanda Brady argued there was a “common theme” to what 53-year-old James Martin Donaghy had done.

“This defendant abused his position as a priest, he abused the trust that people had in him and he used his age and superior physical strength to dominate these young men physically and to dominate them mentally,” she declared.

Donaghy, from Lady Wallace Drive in Lisburn, denies 26 charges

The jury was set to retire today to consider its verdicts.

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