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Co Tyrone paedophile who abused daughter (5) is jailed

A paedophile who twice forced his own five-year-old daughter to perform a sex act has been jailed for five years.

Jailing the 38-year-old at Omagh Crown Court, sitting in Craigavon yesterday, Judge Kinney told the father that his young daughter should have been "entitled to look to you for support, care and protection" but that instead "what you did was the grossest breach of that trust".

Ordering the offender, who cannot be named to protect his young victim, to remain on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life, the judge told the court: "There can be no doubt that a lengthy custodial sentence is required to mark the gravity if the offences and the public's disapproval of such behaviour."

At an earlier court hearing, the Co Tyrone man admitted two charges relating to the rape of his daughter, inciting a child family member to engage in sexual activity, inciting his daughter to watch sexual activity, and engaging in sexual activity in her presence on dates between January 1, 2010, and April 29, 2011.

When arrested and interviewed, the father admitted what he had done before pleading guilty in court "at the first opportunity", sparing his daughter from having to give evidence.

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