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Businessman, 62, pleads guilty to child sex offences

By George Jackson

A businessman has pleaded guilty to 33 charges of sexually abusing three young girls 30 years ago.

Fredrick Ayton (62), from Doneybrewer Road in Eglinton, was to have gone on trial at the Crown Court in Derry yesterday.

But at the request of his defence counsel Martin Rodgers QC, he was rearraigned before Judge Donna McColgan QC.

In March of this year Ayton was remanded in custody after pleading guilty to 15 charges of sexually abusing three girls between January 1981 and December 1987, when they were aged between 12 and 15.

In court yesterday he pleaded guilty to 18 other charges he had originally denied. Those charges include attempted rape, attempted buggery and gross indecency with or towards a child.

Three other charges of rape are to be left on the books, not to be proceeded with without leave of the court.

Judge McColgan ordered the preparation of pre-sentence and victim impact reports and said she would sentence Ayton following a plea and sentence hearing on June 25. Ayton was remanded in continuing custody until he is sentenced next month.

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