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Sadistic Derry abuser of girl ends appeal bid

By Alan Erwin

A man who subjected a homeless teenage girl to years of sexual and violent abuse has abandoned an appeal against his 12-year jail sentence.

Rodney Joseph Campbell dipped his young victim's head in cooking oil and stubbed a cigarette out on her body amid a sustained campaign of exploitation.

The 44-year-old Co Londonderry man pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexual abuse.

Earlier this year a sentencing judge said "he'd treated the girl as his own personal plaything and had subjected her to gratuitous violence of the very worst type".

Campbell, formerly of Sperrin Road in Limavady, was told his offences were "depraved and humiliating".

He began abusing her in 2006, when she was a 15-year-old in care, the court heard.

She was beaten, throttled and had an earring ripped out as the attacks continued. The abuse only ended in 2009 following an attempt to take her own life. Campbell's identity had remained protected until his victim waived her right to anonymity.

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