Daniel Curran: Former Catholic priest faces historic sex abuse charges

Daniel Curran pictured in 2012. Picture by Mal McCann.

A FORMER Catholic priest was in court yesterday accused of historical sex abuse.

Standing in the dock of Downpatrick Magistrates Court, 68-year-old Daniel Curran confirmed his name and that he was aware of the charge against him.

Curran, from Bryansford Avenue in Newcastle, Co Down, is accused of indecently assaulting a male on a date unknown between 16 August 1989 and 18 August 1991.

None of the evidence surrounding the 30 year-old charges was opened in court during the short preliminary enquiry.

Releasing Curran on his own bail of £500, District Judge Amanda Brady returned the case to Downpatrick Crown Court for trial but said the arraignment would be on a date to be fixed.

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