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Mother's sex abuse appeal is rejected

By Alan Erwin

A prostitute who made some of her children watch as she had sex with clients has failed in a bid to have her jail sentence reduced.

Lawyers for the woman claimed the five-year, eight-month term imposed for a catalogue of abuse, neglect and cruelty was excessive.

But judges in the Court of Appeal backed prosecution submissions that their challenge was without merit.

The 58-year-old woman, who cannot be named to protect her victims' identities, had pleaded guilty to a string of offences dating back to the late 1970s.

Her four children had suffered at the hands of both parents, two uncles and two other men.

Jailing the woman at Belfast Crown Court earlier this year, a judge described her indifference to their welfare and complicity in sexually deviant behaviour inflicted on them as that of a "heartless tormentor interested primarily in her own pleasures and enjoyment".

Lord Justice Girvan, sitting with Lord Justice Coghlin and Mr Justice Weatherup, said yesterday: "We have reached the conclusion that this court should not interfere with the sentence imposed by the trial judge."

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