Today, Friday 29th September, a 32 year old man from the Downpatrick area was sentenced at Downpatrick Crown Court for 24 sexual offences including rape, indecent assault and gross indecency.

The man, who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the victims, was sentenced to four years and six months. He will be placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely and will also be subjected to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for five years.

Detective Constable Meehan said: “This man sexually abused two children over a 10 year period. His sickening actions robbed them of their childhood. No one let alone a child should ever be subjected to any form of abuse.

“Today our thoughts are with the victims in this case, now adults,  who suffered in silence for many years. I would like to commend the immense bravery they has shown in taking that step forward allowing for justice to be served  and throughout our investigation.

“We remain committed to investigating all reports of sexual offences against children and young people, no matter when they occurred. Our specially trained detectives ensure victims are listened to, safeguarded and supported from the moment they report. Please don’t suffer in silence.

“If you have ever experienced any form of sexual abuse, we urge you to  pick up the phone and call police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.”