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OAP jailed for child abuse wins appeal on convictions

By Alan Erwin

Published 24/02/2016

Senior judges ruled that irregularities in the previous trial process were serious enough to render the guilty verdicts unsafe. A decision over any possible retrial has yet to be made
Senior judges ruled that irregularities in the previous trial process were serious enough to render the guilty verdicts unsafe. A decision over any possible retrial has yet to be made

A pensioner jailed for subjecting three young members of the same family to years of sexual abuse has won an appeal against his convictions.

Senior judges ruled that irregularities in the previous trial process were serious enough to render the guilty verdicts unsafe. A decision over any possible retrial has yet to be made.

In 2014 the man at the centre of the case was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment after a jury at Belfast Crown Court convicted him on 14 counts of indecent assault.

The pensioner, now understood to be in his 70s, cannot be named for legal reasons.

He was accused of targeting the two girls and their brother, aged between five and 11, from 1998 to 2006.

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