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Man jailed for raping his cousin

A man who preyed on his young cousin for his own sexual gratification, continually raping and sexually abusing her, has been jailed for 10 years.

Newry Crown Court Judge Patricia Smyth told the 25-year-old Co Down man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, that the court can only imagine the “horror” of what she suffered at the hands of her older cousin.

An earlier hearing heard that after being taken into the family home when he was 15, he began to lust after his 11-year-old cousin and over the next three years took every opportunity to spy on her, indecently assault and rape her.

In all, the man pleaded guilty to a total of eight charges including three of rape, three of indecent assault and two of voyeruism while living in the family home from 2001 to 2004.

Sitting at Belfast's Laganside Courthouse yesterday, Judge Smyth said that one report indicated that what had been “uppermost” in the then teenager's mind “was what he wanted and not the impact” it would have on his vulnerable cousin.

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