Castledawson man groomed child sex abuse victim over CB radio

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street.
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street.

A convicted sex offender from Castledawson who abused an 11-year-old boy is to be sentenced in court later this week.

Allen Arrell had been jailed in the 1990’s for abusing seven young people.

At the time he gave police the names of almost thirty boys and girls he abused, although admitted there could be up to 40 victims.

The 63-year-old was jailed for five years and was released from prison in 1994.

A further victim reported similar abuse to police in July last year.

Arrell, of Annaghmore Road, Castledawson, Magherafelt, pleaded guilty to seven charges of indecently assaulting the boy between January 1982 and January 1986.

The victim was aged between 11 and 14 at the time of the abuse.

Derry Crown Court heard that the boy had an interest in CB radio’s and was part of a group that would communicate over the radio.

Allen, who was around 30 at the time, was also part of this group.

The court was told Allen met up with the boy and would take him places where the radio signal was better.

He abused the boy in his car on a number of occasions.

Allen also took the boy to his home and abused him there.

He would touch the boy underneath his clothes and on the last occasion also tried to kiss him.

The court was told the boy told him to stop and they had no further contact.

During police interview, Allen initially denied the allegations but then said he thought he had ‘cleared everything up’ during the last prosecution.

Defence counsel Dean Mooney said the 63-year-old ‘recalls befriending the injured party and meeting him on a number of occasions he has no specific memory of the offences’.

The barrister said this was due to the passage of time and the ‘catalogue of offending’ Allen committed at the time.

Mr Mooney added his client accepts the injured party’s account and knows these are ‘very serious offences’.

The court was also told Allen accepts there was an ‘element of grooming’ in the abuse.

Mr Mooney said his client has ‘found it very difficulty to come to terms with his offending’.

He added that Allen has not committed any further offences since he was released from prison.

Judge Phillip Babington adjourned sentencing until Friday and released Allen on continuing bail.