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Jailed sex attacker admits more crimes

By George Jackson

A former prominent businessman who is behind bars for abusing three young girls has had two-and-a-half years added to the sentence after he admitted a litany of other sexual offences, including the rape of a then 14-year-old babysitter.

Douglas Fredrick Ayton is currently serving a 12-year jail sentence for offences committed 30 years ago.

Yesterday at the Crown Court in Londonderry, Ayton admitted committing 10 other sexual assaults.

The 64-year-old, formerly of Doneybrewer Road in the Campsie area of Derry, committed the second set of offences during the time he was sexually abusing the three other victims.

Judge Gemma Loughran QC said yesterday's sentence should not be interpreted as being the punishment for a new rape charge, but part of and additional to the totality of the original sentence imposed in June of last year.

Judge Loughran said Ayton's latest victim only came forward following the media publicity surrounding the earlier court case.

She described the victim, now aged 42, as a courageous and resilient woman who had resisted using prescribed anti-depressant drugs in order to deal with the anxiety she still suffered from as a result of her abuse.

Defence barrister Martin Rodgers QC had described Ayton's behaviour as "totally inappropriate and outrageous" and he said Ayton was remorseful for his criminality.

Judge Loughran said the crime of rape was horrifying, degrading and humiliating for the victim.

She added that Ayton had also betrayed the trust placed in him by his then babysitter's parents.

She said a medical report stated that the victim would require continued intensive counselling and therapy for at least another year.

Judge Loughran said she took into consideration that Ayton regretted what he had done and that by his admissions to the charges he had spared his victim the indignity of having to give evidence in open court.

She placed Ayton on the Sex Offender's Register for life.

The judge also told Ayton that, following his release from prison, he must have no unapproved contact with children under the age of 16, nor must he engage in any voluntary or paid work which brought him into contact with children.

Following his prison release, Ayton can only live at an address known to and approved by the police and social services.

He is also banned from staying overnight for more than one week at any other address without the permission of the authorities.

Ayton must also give the police unrestricted access to his home.

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