Two notorious paedophile brothers who abused children over a 30 year period are to be housed in newly refurbished accommodation just yards from a Derry school, the ‘Journal’ has learned.
James and Owen Roe McDermott, from Donagh in County Fermanagh, were two of four brothers involved in what one judge described as a “tidal wave of abuse”.
Last year, the two were deemed mentally unfit to stand trial and returned to their home village. However, after village residents protested at their return, they voluntarily agreed to be admitted to Lakeview Hospital in Derry for treatment.
The ‘Journal’ has now learned that a property at Gransha Park has been renovated at a substantial cost and the McDermotts are due to move into it in the next few weeks.
Last night, the local health trust declined to confirm or deny if the brothers were to move into the property.
The Western Trust would only confirm that it was currently renovating a property on the Gransha site for the “purposes of developing a supported rehabilitation facility for a number of patients/clients”. The new facility will be managed by Western Trust staff.
The renovated property is located just yards from Oakgrove Integrated College and, last night, a parent of a child at the school said she was “gobsmacked” at the move.
“This is absolutely shocking,” she said. “This is a very worrying development and raises a lot of questions, not least why haven’t parents of children at the school been informed of this.
“How irresponsible is it to put known sex offenders so near to a school?”
James and Owen Roe McDermott were given lifetime orders banning them from being with children and a two year treatment and supervision order placing them in the care of social services.
Another two brothers were also involved in the Donagh abuse scandal. John McDermott was jailed for nine years for his role in the abuse, which was described as “persistent”, while Peter Paul McDermott took his own life during his trial on abuse charges involving young boys.