McKenna undergoes additional police questioning

April 15, 2019

A Crossmaglen man has underwent further questioning by police investigating allegations of sexual abuse spanning a period of almost 30 years.

Thomas McKenna (56) appeared handcuffed in the dock of Newry Magistrates Court on Wednesday to hear investigating officer Detective Constable Kirk apply for him to be released into police custody to face further interviews, confirming that the enquiries are “into numerous allegations of sexual assault”.

District Judge Mark McGarrity granted the application and McKenna was taken to Banbridge PSNI station for questioning. 

McKenna, is currently awaiting trial in Maghaberry prison, charged with a raft of sexual offences against 12 people committed over almost 30 years, some of whom were under 16 years old at the time.

At a court hearing last month, a detective constable revealed that another complainant has come forward and made further allegations of sexual abuse against McKenna.  It was also stated that police officers who examined seized devices have identified other potential victims.

Thomas McKenna is driven away in a PSNI vehicle from Newry Courthouse on Wednesday.  After appearing in the dock, McKenna, who is accused of a string of sexual assaults against 12 victims, was taken to Banbridge police station for questioning in relation to further allegations

McKenna has been charged over two indictments, the first relating to 10 offences against three males, including five counts of sexual assault, three counts of indecent assault and single counts of buggery and attempted buggery.

On the second indictment, he faces a total of 17 charges alleged to have been committed between 1988 and his arrest in August last year and include two counts of buggery against persons aged over 16 without consent and two gross indecency offences, one of which was against a child.

The defendant is also charged with sexual assault, voyeurism and eight counts of indecent assault, along with making and possessing indecent photographs of children. 

A retired postman, McKenna is further alleged to have interfered with mail during his time of employment.

Following the police questioning on Thursday, McKenna was remanded back into custody at Maghaberry prison.