Priest Eugene Lewis bids to clear his name over abuse
A Catholic priest jailed for sexually abusing young girls more than 40 years ago is to take his fight to clear his name to the UK's highest court.
Father Eugene Lewis has already successfully appealed three of 11 indecent assault charges he was found guilty of committing.
Senior judges in Belfast yesterday refused to endorse his application to go before the Supreme Court on the remaining counts.
His lawyers confirmed he would now make a direct petition for a hearing, arguing a point of law of general public importance has been established.
In 2010 the 78-year-old priest was sentenced to four years in prison for molesting three girls.
He was freed last year after partially winning his appeal and having the jail term reduced to two years and nine months.
The abuse was alleged to have been carried out in Fermanagh between 1963 and 1973, beginning when the girls were aged as young as seven. The priest has always maintained his innocence and claimed to be the victim of a miscarriage of justice.