Police have welcomed the increased sentence given to a Dungannon man convicted of child sex offences earlier today.
A 48 year old man from Dungannon was convicted of sexual offences against three children under 16 including gross indecency and indecent assaults in 2013. A sentence of 9 and a half years imprisonment was handed down and the offender appealed his conviction.
Following a retrial, the sentence was increased to 11 years imprisonment (half to be served on licence) at Dungannon Crown Court earlier today.
The offender will be required to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life on release from prison.
Detective Inspector Cross from PSNI Public Protection Branch said “The victims in this case showed enormous courage in recounting the heinous offences committed against them not once, but twice as they had to repeat their evidence during the retrial. I welcome today’s sentencing and whilst nothing will compensate for the abuse committed and the trauma suffered, I hope it gives the victims and their families some measure of comfort.”
“PSNI Public Protection Branch is committed to investigating all reports of sexual offences against children and young people and 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 all victims with sensitivity and respect.”
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that will assist the investigation to contact us on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.