Statement from the Diocese of Down and Connor in Response to the Not Guilty verdict and acquittal in the case against Fr Peter Donnelly.
The Diocese of Down and Connor has learned today of the “Not Guilty”
verdict in the acquittal of Fr Peter Donnelly on six counts of indecent
assault and one of gross indecency against an individual dating back to
In September 2010, Fr Donnelly had voluntarily stepped aside
from ministry to assist the investigation by the civil authorities.
Following the decision today of the Crown Court, the normal review under
the Church’s Safeguarding policy and procedures and its own internal
process, which had been suspended for the course of the statutory
investigation and civil proceedings will now resume.
We continue to encourage anyone who has a concern of a safeguarding
nature to contact the PSNI, Social Services, or the Diocesan Designated
Safeguarding Officer (Telephone 02890 492783).