Belfast Telegraph

Ex-Scoutmaster appeals abuse convictions

By Alan Erwin

A former Scoutmaster jailed for sexually abusing six youngsters has launched a bid to overturn his convictions.

Co Antrim man Patrick Francis McQuillan is challenging guilty verdicts relating to a catalogue of offences spanning a period of almost 20 years.

Lawyers for the 64-year-old went before the Court of Appeal yesterday in an attempt to have the convictions declared unsafe. They claimed the trial judge gave flawed directions to the jury who found him guilty. Judgment in the appeal was reserved.

In 2014, McQuillan, formerly of Moyle Avenue in Ballycastle, was sentenced to 11 years in jail after being convicted of 38 offences, including indecent assault and gross indecency with or towards a child.

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