Pensioner admits abusing boys

Brendan O'Donnell
Brendan O'Donnell

A pensioner has admitted indecently assaulting two boys.

Brendan O’Donnell, of Ardglen Park, pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting one of the boys between September 1962 and September 1965.

The complainant was aged between nine and 11 years old at the time.

The second injured party was indecently assaulted by O’Donnell between September 1973 and February 1975, when he was aged between 11 and 12.

The guilty pleas were entered by the 78-year-old the day after a jury was sworn at Derry Crown Court to try the case.

Sentencing was adjourned for a probation pre-sentence report and victim impact reports to be compiled.

Defence barrister Brian McCartney QC told the court they would also be providing a psychiatric report and a GP’s report about the defendant’s ill health The case will be mentioned again on February 20 and O’Donnell has been released on continuing bail.