Paedophile monk, 90, charged with abusing fourth young boy in Northern Ireland

Paedophile monk, 90, charged with abusing fourth young boy in Northern Ireland

A 90-year-old former monk jailed for historic sex offences earlier this year has appeared in court in Northern Ireland charged with abusing yet another young boy.

Vincent Lewis, formerly of Brother Ambrose of Our Lady of Bethlehem Monastery in Co. Antrim, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years in January after pleading guilty to 57 child abuse offences against three boys over a 10-year period up to 1983.

The depraved pensioner is now accused of indecently assaulting another boy between 1983 and 1985.

He is also charged with committing an act of gross indecency.

A PSNI officer told Dungannon Magistrates Court in Co. Tyrone today that the charges could be connected to the 90-year-old.

Lewis, dressed in a brown coat and black trousers, struggled to stand in the dock and appeared frail.

He spoke only to confirm his identity and that he understood the charges against him.

Lewis’ defence solicitor said his client is currently a sentenced prisoner and asked for bail on the new charges to be revoked.

District Judge John Meehan agreed and ordered Lewis to appear again via video-link on May 9.

Speaking at Lewis' previous trial in January, Judge Desmond Marrinan described the pensioner as having been an “evil monk” and told him that his "horrific, terrible and despicable" crimes had affected his victims for life.

Handing down the sick paedophile’s eight-and-a-half year sentence, Judge Marrinan added that he would have jailed Lewis for far longer had he been a younger man.