Dana's brother acquitted of assaults

Published Friday, 25 July 2014
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The brother of Eurovision Song Contest winner and former Irish presidential candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon has been cleared of five charges of historic sexual abuse.

Dana's brother acquitted of assaults
Dana attended to hear the verdicts. (© UTV)

John Brown, who is 60 and of Bracknell in Berkshire, was found not guilty on two counts of indecent assault against a girl under the age of 13 in the 1970s on Friday morning.

The jury at Harrow Crown Court in London then continued to deliberate over three more counts relating to a girl under the age of 16 who was allegedly abused during the same period of time.

Not guilty verdicts were returned on Friday afternoon.

Brown, who had denied all the claims and that his 62-year-old sister helped him cover up, was hugged by Ms Scallon and congratulated by family before leaving the courtroom.

He read a statement outside afterwards.

"The jury have delivered their verdict of no cover up," he said. "There is nothing to cover up - the accusations are unfounded. I came here an innocent man, I leave here an innocent man."

Brown cried as he thanked his wife and family for "their support in a horrific three years through many challenges".

He continued: "Judge (Graham) Arran said I am a person of good character and what sustained me was my faith in God that through this darkness there was light."

The complainant in the first two counts Brown was acquitted of had claimed the assaults took place in London and a town south west England when she was between five and seven years old.

She is now aged in her 40s.

Brown was later also cleared over claims he indecently assaulted a woman in Northern Ireland and Romford in Essex when she was under age 16. She is now in her 50s.

Ms Scallon, who first achieved fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1970, attended the court to hear the verdicts and appeared emotional as the first ones were returned.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
PJ in Co Down wrote (190 days ago):
Declan Treanor Dublin, You are completely out of order. Dana is one of the most genuine persons a proud Derry woman and Irish citizen,who put Ireland on map in winning the European song contest 1970s Song-(All Kinds of Everything) a former great MEP worked hard,arguing for Irish people fishing rights,and other matters etc. A most fitting person to have had being for President of Ireland rather than what we have.
eileen in fermanagh wrote (191 days ago):
Why should she not be voted in as president of Ireland, she has done nothing wrong nor has her brother as proved today in court, Dana has been a great ambassador for Ireland since winning eurovision all those years ago, she has always had great morals in her life and once again her faith has assisted her in these unforgivable accusations both against her and her brother, so happy for them that justice has prevailed
declan treanor in dublin wrote (191 days ago):
Ireland's 1970's eurovision song contest win has been the most emotionally expensive victory in our History. more than 40 years later, and we still have to listen to, and see this woman. Incredible that she had the courage to think that she could be voted in as president of Ireland. My word.. All kinds of everything.
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