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Liam Adams to appeal against conviction for raping daughter

BY CLAIRE WILLIAMSON

The paedophile brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has lodged appeals against his conviction and sentence for raping his daughter when she was a child.

Liam Adams was sentenced to 16 years after being found guilty of a string of sexual assaults against Aine Dahlstrom (nee Adams) who waived her right to anonymity.

He is expected to serve half his sentence in prison.

The abuse took place over five-years from 1977 and 1981 when Mrs Dahlstrom (40) was aged between of four and nine.

Liam Adams, from Bernagh Drive, west Belfast, was found guilty of 10 offences against his daughter at Belfast Crown Court – three counts of rape, four counts of indecent assault and three counts of gross indecency.

Yesterday the Court Service confirmed that he had lodged appeal papers against both conviction and sentence on December 23.

A date for proceedings has not yet been set.

During the two-week trial the 58-year-old consistently denied the charges but he was found guilty in October by a jury that convicted him on all charges.

The allegations were made public when Mrs Dahlstrom took part in a 2009 TV documentary and within days, her father fled to the Republic amid claims he would not receive a fair trial in Northern Ireland.

He was eventually handed over to the PSNI at the border in November 2011 after he lost a lengthy and expensive extradition battle.

The first trial opened in April last year but collapsed due to legal reasons. During this trial Mrs Dahlstrom's uncle, Gerry Adams was called as a prosecution witness. He told the court he confronted his brother about the allegations in Buncrana, Co Donegal, in 1987 where Liam Adams denied the abuse.

He then revealed his brother later confessed in Dundalk, Co Louth, in 2000. He was not called as a witness for the latest trial which saw Liam Adams convicted.

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