Dead priest paedo case is closed; COURTS 1.
THE case of a paedophile priest awaiting sentence for sexually abusing a man and woman was closed yesterday after his death certificate was handed into court.
The cases against Fr Joseph Steele, 71, who may have been unfit to plead, was initially listed in November, after his death from cancer.
The wheelchair-bound paedophile had been living in Dublin and was to have been sentenced by Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland for 10 sex offences. Steele, of Kimmage Manor, Crumlin, South Dublin, admitted five counts of indecent assault and two of gross indecency against a male child between 1967 and 1971 plus three counts of indecently assaulting a female between 1979 and 1983.
Steele was jailed in 1996 for two and a half years for 11 charges of indecent assault and one of gross indecency against boys and girls while chaplain of a children's home.
PERVERT J Joseph Steele