Northern Ireland

Donagh man John McDermott faces four new charges

John McDermott
Image caption John McDermott pleaded not guilty to four counts of indecent assault

One of the brothers who abused generations of children in the village of Donagh in County Fermanagh has appeared in court to face more charges.

John Michael McDermott, 61, from Moorlough Road in the village, pleaded not guilty to four counts of indecently assaulting a schoolboy between 2002 and 2004.

Last year he pleaded guilty to 35 charges of sexually abusing children.

Along with three brothers he abused six children in Donagh from 1969 to 2001.

He was sentenced to a total of nine years in prison.

The new charges presented at Dungannon Crown Court relate to a seventh alleged victim.

When the four charges of indecently assaulting a boy between January 2002 and December 2004 were read out he replied "not guilty".

The original case caused a public outcry when James and Owen Roe McDermott were allowed to return to their home having been found mentally unfit to plead.

A fourth brother hanged himself at the start of his trial.

The case against John McDermott was adjourned and will now go to trial.

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