Witness says Dana pledged to 'handle' abuse claims

Thursday 17 July 2014 16.59
Harrow Crown Court heard Dana had attempted to keep allegations against her brother quiet
Harrow Crown Court heard Dana had attempted to keep allegations against her brother quiet

Singer and politician Dana Scallon allegedly told one of her brother’s alleged abuse victims not to discuss her claims “any further” as the Eurovision winner would "handle it".

60-year-old John Brown, of Lily Hill Road, in Bracknell, Berkshire, a brother of the former presidential candidate, is charged with five counts of indecent assault against two girls in the 1970s.

Mr Brown denies the charges.

On the seventh day of his trial today, Harrow Crown Court heard that Dana, along with the alleged victim’s mother, had attempted to keep the allegations against her brother under wraps.

A friend of the woman, who is now 47, told the court today that the pair had discussed the alleged abuse after they became friends in the early 1990s.

She said that the woman’s mother and Dana had attempted to “bury” the claims soon after they were made.

“I think her mother believed her but asked her to keep it from her father,” she told the court.

“They kept it private and wanted to bury it. She [the alleged victim] had to keep quiet about it.

“When it [the alleged abuse] happened she said she talked to her mother and Dana. They were together when she was telling them what happened.

"It was a decision by her mother and Dana not to discuss it any further and that they would handle it."

The court heard claims earlier in the trial that Dana then sent Mr Brown to see a priest for treatment before later telling the victim and her mother he had been “cured”.

The final prosecution witness at today’s hearing earlier described what her friend had told her about the alleged abuse by Mr Brown on four occasions in the UK and US.

The court was also read a statement given by the witness to police in October 2013, in which she described why she thought the allegations had been kept a secret.

She said: “They wanted to keep it quiet because it would cause too much trouble if it came out. I felt bad for [the alleged victim] and felt shocked about what happened because I knew her parents.”

Cross-examining the witness, defence barrister Martyn Bowyer said: “I can’t say these conversations didn’t take place – the defendant wasn’t there for any of them.

“But are you sure these took place and that your close friend hasn’t asked you to gild the linen about something she told you about several years ago?”

The witness denied the suggestion.

The trial continues tomorrow.