27/09/2019

Man Jailed For Sexual Offence Against Eight-Year-Old Girl

A 61-year-old man has been jailed after he was convicted of committing a sexual offence against an eight-year-old girl.

Keith Lindsay was sentenced to two years and four months imprisonment, half to be served in custody and half on licence, after he pled guilty to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

The offence occurred in Castlewellan Forest Park on 26 July 2018 while the girl was camping with her family.

Police have welcomed the sentencing and commended the victim for her courage throughout the ordeal.
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Detective Constable Micky Meehan said: "The judge praised the bravery of the girl, aged just eight, who got away from Lindsay, taking her little brother with her to safety. The girl's family must also be commended as seeing something like this through the criminal justice process can never be easy. Throughout this difficult time they have displayed immense courage and fortitude throughout."

Lindsay is also subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for an indefinite time period, will be on the sex offender's register for ten years and is banned from working with children and the vulnerable. A Forfeiture Order was also issued for his vehicle and bike, the proceeds of which will go to charity.

Reflecting on the conviction, police have urged the public to report all instances of sexual offences. DC Meehan added: "Officers in PSNI Public Protection Branch are committed to investigating all reports of sexual offences against children and young people. 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."

Anyone who has experienced any form of sexual abuse is urged to contact police on 101.



(JG/CM)

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