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South Belfast man jailed for sexual abuse of his nieces

By Ashleigh McDonald

A south Belfast man started a four-year prison sentence yesterday after he was convicted of sexually abusing two of his nieces.

The 64-year-old father-of-three and grandfather-of-four will spend another two years on probation on release, after he was found guilty of 14 counts of indecently assaulting the girls.

During a trial at Belfast Crown Court last month, a jury heard the two cousins were targeted by their uncle in his then home in the Lisburn Road area of the city.

Despite denials of any sexual abuse, he was convicted of indecently assaulting one girl between April 1974 when she was eight, and the following September when she was nine.

The second girl's abuse began in September 1978, when she was aged seven, and continued until the end of 1982, when she was 11.

Sentencing the man, His Honour Geoffrey Miller QC said an aggravating feature in the case was the defendant's continual denials of any wrongdoing.

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