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Pensioner who sexually abused granddaughter on family holiday jailed for six years

A pensioner has been handed a six year prison sentence for sexual offences committed against his sister and granddaughter.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was handed the term at Craigavon Crown Court today (Friday).

Detectives from PSNI’s Public Protection Branch have welcomed the sentence.

The 65-year-old will serve half the term in custody and half on licence. He will also be on the sex offenders register for life.

Detective Inspector Judith Hamill said: “I welcome this sentence and I would like to commend both victims for their bravery in coming forward and seeking justice. Seeing your case through the criminal justice system is a huge undertaking and they have both displayed immense courage and fortitude throughout.

“This man abused his position both as a brother and a grandfather.

“Some 40 years ago when he was in his early 20s he abused his younger sister over a number of years when she was aged between 13 – 15 years.

“In August 2016 he then went on to abuse his granddaughter during what should have been an enjoyable a family holiday.”

“I have nothing but admiration for both women, who took the brave step of coming to the police and then without wavering they saw this case through to the end.

“They have shown other people who have been abused that there is a reason to speak out.

“Our officers in PSNI Public Protection Branch are committed to investigating all reports of sexual offences against children and young people.

“Regardless of when an offence took place, we will seek to place offenders before the courts so they can be made amenable for their crimes.

“We have specially trained officers who will treat you with sensitivity and respect.

“I would continue to encourage anyone who has experienced any form of sexual abuse to contact police on 101.”

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