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Abusers will face at least 15 years 
in jail

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Two Derry brothers who were convicted of carrying out a lengthy campaign of sexual and physical abuse against three young family members will each be sentenced to at least 15 years in prison, it was said yesterday.

Gordon Kerr QC, the presiding judge in the case of the two brothers - who cannot be named for legal reasons - yesterday said he would be using 15 years as a “starting point” when it came to sentencing the men next week, adding that there were “a number of aggravating factors which have to be taken into consideration”.

The men, both in their 50s, were appearing at Coleraine Crown Court as Judge Kerr reviewed the pre-sentence reports in their case and listened to legal arguments from the prosecution and defence counsel.

During the hearing, details of the abuse both brothers carried out against their sister were also revealed. Both men had pleaded guilty to abusing their sister before the trial on the remaining charges began in January.

The court heard how one of the defendants - the uncle of the other injured parties - had begun abusing his sister when she was just four and he was 14. The second - the father of the other injured parties - began his campaign ofabuse when his sister was nine.

The court heard how, when one of the brothers walked in on the other abusing their sister, she had hoped this would signal an end to the abuse by both men. Instead she was simply told not to allow her brother to penetrate her.

The court was told the men’s sister was abused on “an almost daily basis” between the ages of 4 and 18 - and that the abuse had continued even after both brothers had married and left the family home.

Sentencing will take place at Coleraine Crown Court on Friday of next week.

Gordon Kerr QC, the presiding judge in the case of the two brothers - who cannot be named for legal reasons - yesterday said he would be using 15 years as a “starting point” when it came to sentencing the men next week, adding that there were “a number of aggravating factors which have to be taken into 
consideration”.

The men, both in their 50s, were appearing at Coleraine Crown Court as Judge Kerr reviewed the pre-sentence reports in their case and listened to legal arguments from the prosecution and 
defence counsel.

During the hearing, details of the abuse both brothers carried out against their sister were also revealed. Both men had pleaded guilty to abusing their sister before the trial on the remaining charges began in January.

The court heard how one of the defendants - the uncle of the other injured parties - had begun abusing his sister when she was just four and he was 14. The second - the father of the other injured parties - began his campaign of abuse when his 
sister was nine.

The court heard how, when one of the brothers walked in on the other abusing their sister, she had hoped this would signal an end to the abuse by both men. Instead she was simply told not to allow her brother to penetrate her.

The court was told the men’s sister was abused on “an almost daily basis” between the ages of 4 and 18 - and that the abuse had continued even after both brothers had married and left 
the family home.

Sentencing will take place at Coleraine Crown Court on Friday of next week.

 
 
 

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