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25/05/2006

Paedophile priest returned to prison

A Catholic priest who had previously served a jail term for indecently assaulting young children, has today been returned to prison for a second time.

Daniel Curran, 56, from Bryansford Avenue in Newcastle, Co Down, pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault against a young child, between 1977 and 1982.

Fifteen other counts against the same victim were left on the books.

A Prosecution Lawyer today told Belfast Crown Court that the victim had been abused on a regular basis over five years.

The court heard that the abuse began when Curran formed a relationship with the victim's mother, and often took part in overnight drinking sessions with members of the family.

A defence lawyer said the priest had "shown great remorse."

He was today given a sentence of another 14 months.

It is understood that Curran has already spent seven years in prison for indecently assaulting nine children.

(EF/SP)

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