Court told Dana said God forgave brother for alleged abuse

Tuesday 15 July 2014 19.18
The alleged victim's brother claims Dana Scallon said God had forgiven her brother
The alleged victim's brother claims Dana Scallon said God had forgiven her brother

A relative of a woman allegedly abused by a brother of singer-turned-politician Dana Scallon claims the Eurovision winner told him at a Christian conference that God had forgiven him, a court was told today.

The alleged victim's brother claims Dana, a former presidential candidate, said God had forgiven her brother, John Brown, and he needed to as well.

Mr Brown, 60, of Lily Hill Road, in Bracknell, Berkshire, faces five counts of indecent assault on two girls under the ages of 13 and 16 at various locations and times during the 1970s.

He denies the charges against him.

Today, a brother of one of the alleged victims was forced to deny claims at Harrow Crown Court that he had made up his testimony to support his family in a bitter feud with the defendant.

The first alleged victim, now 47, says Mr Brown touched her inappropriately on four occasions in the UK and the US.

Giving evidence this morning, her brother said Mr Brown apologised to him a week after he was told about the abuse, sometime between 1989 and 1991.

The brother said he walked in on an argument between his sister and mother at the time in which his mother said to her daughter: "You may as well tell him, you want to tell the world."

He told the court: "I remember [Mr Brown] speaking to me and telling me 'it was a long time ago'. I don't remember if it was face-to-face or over the phone, I just remember speaking to him."

Defence barrister Martyn Bowyer, cross-examining the witness, later suggested this conversation had never taken place, which the brother said was "a lie".

Mr Bowyer accused the brother of making up his testimony to get back at Mr Brown over a business disagreement.

Mr Bowyer said: "Was it on the phone or not? It was a fairly major thing. If it had been face-to-face you would have wanted to hit him wouldn't you?"

The witness replied: "I would have beat him."

Asked why he had not, he added: "It is only out of respect for my mother that he is sitting over there today."

The court also heard how the brother discussed the allegations with Dana at a Christian conference where she was singing in the US two-three years after he had been told about the alleged abuse.

He said: "I had a conversation with her and she told me God had forgiven him and I needed to forgive him."

Mr Bowyer then pointed out that the brother had flown over to England several years after the allegations surfaced to help Mr Brown move house.

He had also placed the accused on the board of a business he set up in the US in 2000, though the witness insisted "it was not my choice".

Mr Bowyer, addressing the witness, said: "You're just not telling the truth are you? You're fully aware that this has surfaced because of a bitter feud and you're backing up your family. You have an agenda, don't you?"

The witness replied: "I'm here for one reason and that is to stop a man hurting another child."

The court was told this afternoon that Dana had claimed her brother was "much better" and "isn't sick anymore" as she told one of his alleged victims to "forget about" the assaults.

The husband of the now 47-year-old alleged victim gave evidence this afternoon that he was told about the abuse soon after they met in August 1986.

Under cross-examination by Mr Bowyer, the husband said his wife had told her mother and Dana about the abuse claims when the couple were at the former singing star’s house in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1990s.

He said: "Her mother went to John and said 'you need help' and then Dana told the alleged victim to forget about it, he’s much better, he’s not sick anymore".

Mr Bowyer then suggested the witness and his family continued to associate with Mr Brown for many years after he claimed to know about the alleged sex abuse.

He also accused the witness of making up his story because of a grudge against Mr Brown stemming from a mutual business interest.

The witness denied both accusations.

The trial continues.