20/12/2013

Man Sentenced Over Sexual Assaults

A man has been sentenced at Newry Crown Court to 14 years in prison for a series of sexual assaults in the Newry and Warrenpoint areas in 2002 and 2006.

Sean Heaton will also be placed on the sex offenders register for life after pleading guilty to 11 charges including attempted rape, indecent assault, assault with intent to rape, unlawful imprisonment, threats to kill and robbery.

D/Inspector Stephen Wilson, Serious Crime Branch said: "The investigation into these crimes was prolonged, protracted and very difficult for the victims, their family and indeed the police officers from the specialist Rape Crime Unit involved in the investigation.

"Police would like to thank the victims for having the strength and courage to come forward and give evidence in this case.

"Serious sexual assault is one of the most heinous crimes a human being can carry out against another. Our officers will continue to do everything in their power to hunt down those responsible, as well as supporting victims and their families.

"Police would wish to encourage any victim of serious sexual assault to report it to police so it can be investigated and those responsible can be brought before the courts."

(IT)

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