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Paedophile priest pleads guilty to abusing boy

Daniel John Curran leaving Downpatrick Crown Court following his guilty plea. Credit: Paul Higgins

A convicted paedophile priest has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a boy more than 20 years ago, as he faced such charges for a sixth time.

Daniel John Curran, 68 and from Bryansford Avenue in Newcastle, Co Down, appeared before Downpatrick Crown Court on Monday.

The court clerk put the charge to him, that of indecent assault on a date unknown between 2 and 6 January 1991, and Curran said simply that he was “guilty”.

Judge Piers Grant heard that Curran’s previous convictions had resulted in jail sentences, either immediate or suspended, totalling 16 years.

Ordering a pre-sentence report and listing the sentencing hearing for 6 September, the judge said it was “with some hesitation” that he would free Curran on bail.

But he warned that his decision “should not be interpreted as any indication that a non-custodial sentence will be imposed”.

Leaving court a few minutes later, Curran kept his head down as he was verbally abused by a man outside.