McDermott brother guilty of ninth case

Published Friday, 06 December 2013
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Co Fermanagh "predatory sex offender" John Michael McDermott, who is already serving over nine years for his involvement in the abuse of eight children, has pleaded guilty to abusing a ninth victim.

McDermott brother guilty of ninth case
John McDermott arriving at court earlier this year. (© Pacemaker)

This is the fifth time in four years the 63-year-old, who along with his three brothers unleashed a 35-year "tidal wave of abuse" on their quiet village of Donagh near Lisnaskea, has been before the Crown Court accused of either indecent assault or gross indecency.

McDermott, from Moorlough Road in the village, was due for release from prison in August next year, after which he will be subject to a further three years' probation.

However, following his four guilty pleas to indecently assaulting a teenage boy, between April 1997 and 2001, he may yet face more jail time.

On Friday, at Dungannon Crown Court, Her Honour Judge McReynolds put off sentencing him until next month to enable McDermott's latest victim to have a voice through a victim impact report detailing how the abuse he suffered has harmed him.

McDermott was originally jailed for nine years, in June 2010, before being given an additional six months in October 2011, followed by a further six weeks term in September last year, before being finally given another consecutive sentence of three months in April this year.

He was the only one of four brothers to have stood trial for the sex abuse they had all meted out to a number of Co Fermanagh youngsters.

Originally, two other brothers 62-year-old James McDermott and 54-year-old Owen McDermott, were to have stood trial with him charged with sex offences committed during the 1970s and 1980s.

However, they were deemed unfit to stand trial because of their mental disability.

A fourth brother, 62-year-old Peter Paul McDermott, died by suicide the day after he went on trial for his role in the abuse - abuse which the original trial judge, Judge David McFarland said had turned what was "a quiet picturesque village in County Fermanagh ....into ...a village that had an appalling secret, and it was the children who bore the brunt of the tidal wave of abuse".

Judge McFarland said the "deviant" McDermott brothers had between them "stolen" the childhood of their victims, subjecting them to "horrific" abuse, although "some, of course suffered more than others, some for longer period, and some were abused by one or more brothers".

McDermott's original sentence of nine years in prison, plus three years of probation, followed his guilty pleas to a total of 35 offences, involving the abuse of, four boys and a girl, including the rape of a schoolboy, committed between 1969 and 2001.

His remaining victims were all boys.

© UTV News
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2 Comments
marywisdom in belfast wrote (133 days ago):
sick.they should never b aloud out jails.
Sickened in Belfast wrote (133 days ago):
I cant believe that when sentences were added on they were low even 6 weeks in one case. The devastation caused to victims must be awful and the punishment should also be awful....
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