First prosecutions brought in Northern Ireland child sexual abuse claims in Fermanagh

In previous blogs we have highlighted the work of the Fermanagh newspaper, The Impartial Reporter, and its coverage of abuse reports in that area and the creation of a new police task force to re-examine older complaints and investigate recent reports of historic abuse.

Last week, the first prosecution came before the courts arising from a series of historical child sexual abuse claims in Co Fermanagh.

An 86 year old former businessman appeared before Enniskillen Magistrates Court to be returned for trial in the Crown Court in relation to five alleged charges of indecent assault. He is alleged to have indecently assaulted two males in the 1980s. Written statements of evidence and documents have been served by the prosecution for the committal hearing.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has arrested a significant number of people, thought to be in excess of 12 in connection with what are believed to be unconnected allegations of historical sexual abuse in Co Fermanagh. Those arrested came from a number of counties including Fermanagh, Antrim and Derry.

This is just another step in an ongoing PSNI investigation, which has taken place over the last 18 months after the reports by the Impartial Reporter.

It is understood that the PSNI is due to send on other files to the Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland to be considered in terms


Written by Katrina Gray at BLM katrina.gray@blmlaw.com

Fermanagh abuse victim speaks out publicly

In previous blogs we have highlighted the work of the Fermanagh newspaper, The Impartial Reporter, and their coverage of abuse reports in that area and the creation of a new police taskforce to re-examine older complaints and to investigate more recent reports of historic abuse in the area.

BBC Spotlight has spoken to one of those who came to the paper and Kevin Brown has waived his anonymity to speak publicly about the abuse he reported.  Mr Brown says that he was abused by at least 20 different men when he was around 12 years old and for at least another three years after that.  Other victims have confirmed some of the names given by Mr Brown but those victims have retained their anonymity.

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