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Sex offender pleads guilty to abusing ninth victim

By Michael Donnelly

Sex offender John Michael McDermott, already serving more than nine years for his involvement in the abuse of eight children, stands to be sentenced again in the new year after pleading guilty to abusing a ninth victim.

This is the fifth time in four years the 63-year-old, who along with his three brothers unleashed a 35-year "tidal wave of abuse" on the quiet village of Donagh, near Lisnaskea, has been before the Crown Court accused of either indecent assault or gross indecency.

McDermott, from Moorlough Road in the village, was due for his release from prison next August, after which he will be subject to a further three years probation.

Following his four guilty pleas to indecently assaulting a teenage boy between April 1997 and 2001, he may yet face more jail time.

Yesterday, at Dungannon Crown Court, sentencing was postponed until next month to enable the latest victim to have a voice through a victim impact report detailing how the abuse he suffered has harmed him.

McDermott was the only one of the four brothers to stand trial for the sex abuse on the Co Fermanagh youngsters. They were deemed unfit to stand trial because of their mental disability.

A fourth brother hanged himself the day after he went on trial.

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