09 Aug 2022

Man (80) awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to sexually abusing young girl (8)

An 80 years old man man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty at Derry Crown Court to sexually abusing an eight years girl five years ago. Ahead of his trial scheduled to begin today, the accused, who cannot be named because of his relationship to the young girl, asked through his defence solicitor to be rearraigned on two charges that he sexually assaulted the child by touching between September 2013 and February 2014. Members of the girl's family as well as relatives of the defendant were in court to hear his guilty pleas to both charges. A pre-sentence report was ordered with sentenced due to take place on 11 February next. The defendant, who was released on continuing bail until that date, was told by Judge Philip Babington that he was now subject to the requirements of the Sexual Offences legislation. "These pleas are very valuable because it means a young girl will not have to be cross-examined. That would be upsetting for anybody. These pleas are very valuable in that regard in that we can now avoid a young girl having to give evidence", Judge Babington said.

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