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Paedophile father is jailed for abusing his own nephew for years

By Ashleigh McDonald

A man who subjected his young nephew to a "campaign of sexual violence" has been handed a 15-year sentence.

Telling the 49-year old pervert that he abused his position of trust "in the most appalling way", Judge Donna McColgan informed the father-of-three he would spend 12 years of the sentence in prison, followed by a three-year probation order.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, was found guilty by a jury earlier this year of sexually abusing his nephew in the 1990s. His young victim was just six when the abuse began, and it continued until he was 13.

Despite the conviction, the paedophile continues to deny the offences occurred and maintains he is innocent. He has already lodged an appeal against his conviction.

During the sentencing hearing at Belfast Crown Court, Judge McColgan said the pervert's offending has had a "profound" effect on the victim.

During the trial, the jury was told the offences - which happened between October 1990 and October 1998 - occurred in the victim's grandparents' home in north Down.

The defendant, who still lived at home, abused his sister's son in his bedroom in a household that the Crown said should have been where the victim felt "safe, secure and looked after".

The Crown added that a "wide range of offending" occurred, with the victim subjected to years of indignities and humiliation at his uncle's hands. The abuse took place when the man was aged between 23 and 31.

When the nephew finally broke his silence and reported the matter to police in October 2013, the now 34-year-old told officers that from as early as he could remember, his uncle abused him on a regular basis.

He also said that he feared telling anyone because he thought he would be taken into care.

When the uncle was arrested by police following his nephew's allegations, he made the case there was no sexual impropriety whatsoever.

Judge McColgan told the man he had displayed "no sense of victim empathy or remorse" and branded his offending as a "campaign of sexual violence" against his nephew which consisted of "persistent and sustained abuse".

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