'Teenage curiosity' developed to abuse

Published Monday, 02 December 2013
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A Londonderry Crown Court judge, while handing down a three-and-a-half month sentence to a sex offender, has described how the defendant's abusive relationship with his two sisters developed out of "teenage curiosity".

'Teenage curiosity' developed to abuse
A man has been jailed for abusing his sisters. (© UTV)

The 54-year-old, who can't be named to protect the identify of his victims, pleaded guilty to abusing his two younger sisters over an 11 year period starting over 40 years ago.

The abuse began when the man's younger sister was aged eight and the other aged 14.

In total the accused admitted 22 charges of abusing his sisters in their family home in the Waterside area of the city.

The abuse included taking photographs of his young sisters when they were both naked as well as indecently touching them.

The defendant, who has attempted suicide on four occasions, kissed his wife as they sat together in the public gallery before he was ordered into the dock for sentencing by Judge Philip Babington.

Judge Babington said while the abuse might have started as "teenage curiosity", it developed into a prolonged period of abuse purely for the defendant's sexual gratifications.

I just finally want to close the door on this nightmare and I want to get on with my life.

Abuse victim

He said both sisters have been deeply traumatised as the result of the abuse by their brother and one of the sisters "still receives counselling and will probably need counselling for the rest of her life".

The judge described the abuser's actions as personal and selfish which he said were carried out for his sexual gratification.

As well as jailing the defendant for three-and-a-half years, 18 months of which will be in custody and the remainder on probation, Judge Babington placed the defendant on the Sex Offender's Register for 10 years.

He also imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order the terms of which ban the defendant from any contact or communication with children under the age of 18 years, unless approved by the social services.

Judge Babington also prohibited the defendant "from loitering within 50 metres of any child centred location" and from working with children either as a paid employee or as a charity volunteer.

© UTV News
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