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Paedophile who abused two boys over 40 years ago avoids prison

Judge suspends two-year sentence of Broughshane man who was convicted in 1992

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With the victims of Ian McDonald (69) watching proceedings at Antrim Crown Court by videolink, Judge Patricia Smyth said the men were “survivors because they have survived what was done to them.”

With the victims of Ian McDonald (69) watching proceedings at Antrim Crown Court by videolink, Judge Patricia Smyth said the men were “survivors because they have survived what was done to them.”

With the victims of Ian McDonald (69) watching proceedings at Antrim Crown Court by videolink, Judge Patricia Smyth said the men were “survivors because they have survived what was done to them.”

A convicted paedophile pensioner who sexually abused two young boys in separate incidents almost half a century ago narrowly escaped going back to jail after his two-year sentence was suspended.

With the victims of Ian McDonald (69) watching proceedings at Antrim Crown Court by videolink, Judge Patricia Smyth said the men were “survivors because they have survived what was done to them.”


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