A victim of a well-known GAA coach appealed yesterday for other victims of child sex abuse to come forward and bring their abuser before the courts to get justice.
His call came as his abuser, Patrick Francis McQuillan, from Moyle Avenue, Ballycastle, was convicted of a catalogue of sex abuse crimes involving six victims from the Co Antrim seaside town on dates stretching from December 1985 to March 2000.
The father-of-four, a well-known GAA referee and scout master, who was involved with St John’s Ambulance as a first-aid worker and was also a local part-time fireman, was convicted at Antrim Crown Court of a total of 38 offences ranging from indecent assault, gross indecency with or towards a child, to the attempted buggery of two of his victims.
One of his victims, who did not want to be named, said going to the police was “absolutely the best decision I have ever made in my life”, and encouraged other abuse victims to come forward.
McQuillan will be sentenced next month.