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Child sex victim had to 'bury her claim', court told

By Shane Hickey

A woman who alleges the brother of Dana Rosemary Scallon indecently assaulted her in the 1970s had to "bury" the claims after the singer said she would handle them, a court has heard.

The mother of the alleged victim and Londonderry-born singer Ms Scallon, who were close at the time, decided that the allegations against John Brown would not be discussed any further after they emerged, a friend told Harrow Crown Court.

Brown (60) – with an address at Lilly Hill Road, Bracknell in Berkshire – is charged with five counts of indecent assault against two children, one aged under 13 and another under 16, at various dates in the 1970s. Brown denies all of the charges.

Yesterday at the seventh day of Brown's trial a woman who was close friends with the first alleged victim, now aged 47, said she had been told of the allegations in the 1990s.

"She told me he molested her when she was young on several occasions," the witness said.

The friend said the alleged victim had been "very sad and angry" when she told of the claims and that her mother had believed her but her father had not been told.

"She had to kind of bury it," the witness said. "It was a decision by her mother and Dana not to discuss it any further and they would handle it."

In a statement to the police in October 2013, the friend said it had appeared "weird" that the alleged victim could not say anything. "They wanted to keep it quiet because it would cause too much trouble if it came out," she said in the statement.

The prosecution case in the trial ended yesterday. It is expected that the defence will begin today.

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Dana was born Rosemary Brown on August 30, 1951. The Derry-born singer won the Eurovision Song Contest 1970 with All Kinds of Everything, a worldwide best-seller. Dana is also a former Member of the European Parliament, representing the Connacht-Ulster constituency from 1999 until 2004. In 1997 and 2011, she ran in the Irish presidential election. She unsuccessful on both occasions.

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