23/08/2019

Man Sentenced For Historic Child Sex Offences

A man has been jailed for a series of historic child sexual abuse offences.

The sentence handed out at L'Derry Crown Court on Wednesday 21 August saw the man handed nine years, six of which will be spent in custody and three on probation.

He was convicted of 14 counts of historic sexual abuse against a female child. The charges date back to between 1986 and 1991.

Welcoming the sentencing, police said the conviction was down to the victim's bravery throughout the prosecution process.
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Detective Constable Rankin said: "This woman displayed immense courage in coming forward to police and seeing this trial through to a successful conclusion. I hope that her tenacity and resolution to bring this man to justice will encourage anyone else who has experienced any form of sexual abuse to come forward to police.

"Our officers in PSNI Public Protection Branch are committed to investigating all reports of sexual offences against children and young people. Regardless of when an offence took place, we will seek to place offenders before the courts so they can be made amenable for their crimes. We have specially trained officers who will treat you with sensitivity and respect."

Detective Constable Rankin encouraged anyone who has experienced any form of sexual abuse to contact police on 101.



(JG/CM)

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