Priest Accused of Assaulting Sisters a 'Loving, Caring Man'
Irish Independent May 18 2010 by Ian Hunter
A DUBLIN-based priest previously depicted as a vile paedophile was yesterday portrayed by three female cousins as a loving, caring, wonderful man.
An African bishop also decried the "repugnant and damaging allegations" against Fr Eugene Lewis at his trial in Omagh Court, Co Tyrone, yesterday.
The 75-year-old pensioner, a former provincial superior of the White Fathers, based at Cypress Grove House, Templeogue in Dublin, faces a total of 11 counts of indecently assaulting Co Fermanagh sisters on differing dates between August 1963 and September 1973.
Giving evidence as part of his defence case, a young cousin, Mary Lewis, told the court of his visits to her Dublin home when she and her own sister were youngsters aged between seven and eight and how "he tuned into us kids".
While his accusers claim the priest sometimes abused them as he told them bedtime stories, Ms Lewis said she "did remember Eugene's storytelling, that was something he was really good at".
Earlier his solicitor had read statements of support from a number of people, including Bishop Emmanuel Badejo from Nigeria, who spoke of the "man who never gave up on a good cause".
Final submissions in the case are expected to begin next Monday.
Accused Priest ‘Loving, Caring and Wonderful’
Belfast Telegraph, 18 May 2010
A priest accused of sexually abusing three Fermanagh sisters has been described in court as a loving, caring, wonderful man.
Statements of support from around the world, including one from an African bishop decrying the “repugnant and damaging allegations” against Fr Eugene Lewis, were read to his Omagh Crown Court trial.
The 75-year-old, a former provincial superior of the White Fathers, based at Cypress Grove House, Templelogue in Dublin, faces a total of 11 counts of indecently assaulting the sisters on different dates between August 1963 and September 1973.
Giving evidence as part of his defence case, a young cousin, Mary Lewis, told the court of his visits to her Dublin home when she and her sister were aged between seven and eight.
Asked by solicitor-advocate Joseph McVeigh whether Fr Lewis had done or said anything then, which now as an adult she regarded as “inappropriate”, she replied “absolutely never, never”.
Her cousin, and one of Fr Lewis' nieces, Jenifer O'Brien, also said he was “a wonderful man”.
Final submissions are due to begin next Monday.