Liam Adams launches appeal bid

Liam Adams launches appeal bid

Liam Adams, brother of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, has launched a bid to overturn his convictions for the rape and abuse of his daughter Aine.

Liam Adams, was found guilty of raping and sexually abusing his eldest daughter over 30 years ago at the end of a second trial in October last year.The 58-year-old was found guilty of three counts of rape, three counts of gross indecency and four counts of indecent assault carried out over a six-year period between March 1977 and 1983.The offences against Aine Adams, who waived her right to anonymity, happened when she was aged between four and nine years old.Adams received a 16 year sentence, however, under sentencing guidelines which applied at the time the offences were committed he was eligible for 50% remission and could be released in eight years time.Lawyers for the west Belfast man lodged papers in the High Court on 23 December seeking leave to launch the appeal process.


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