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Paedophile brothers are admitted to psychiatric unit

Two paedophile brothers who terrorised a generation of children in a Co Fermanagh village have admitted themselves to a psychiatric unit in the north west, it has emerged.

Meanwhile, a victim of Owen Roe McDermott (61) and James McDermott (52) — who were involved in a “tidal wave” of abuse spanning decades — has said they should never be allowed to return to the area where they wreaked havoc for decades.

The pair — and two other brothers — faced more than 60 charges between them for a catalogue of abuse against generations of children.

Last month, after they were declared mentally unfit to stand trial, the brothers were allowed to return home to Donagh in Co Fermanagh, where they abused generations of children.

But they have now entered the psychiatric unit voluntarily just days after the Western Trust had called for them to seek treatment.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, one of their victims said the two brothers — who faced 19 counts of abuse — should be in care for life.

“They should never set foot back in the community,” he told this newspaper.

“Not here in Donagh or anywhere else. Keep them in Derry in the hospital.

“If not there, then in the graveyard with the other brother.”

Peter Paul McDermott had taken his own life during his trial while the fourth brother, John McDermott, is serving nine years in prison.

The victim, who asked not to be named, said he is still mentally scarred by what the McDermotts put him through, but believes their decision to move is a step forward.

Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh/ South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew has welcomed the brothers’ admission to hospital but said that the same problems still exist within the mental health legislation and need addressed.”

A spokesperson for the Western Trust commented: “In agreement with the McDermott family the Western Trust can confirm that the McDermott brothers have agreed on a voluntary basis to be admitted to a hospital for care and treatment.”

And Micheal Mowen, the chairman of the Donagh Community Forum, said the brothers’ move was a positive step forward.

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