Former councillor to be sentenced for sexual assault

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A former SDLP councillor is to be sentenced later this week for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

William McCorriston, of 23 Phillip Street, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the girl on two occasions between September 6 and September 21, 2010.

Derry Crown Court heard the injured party was kissed by the 77-year-old family friend.

The former councillor also touched the girl’s chest and said inappropriate things to her.

Adjourning sentencing, Judge Piers Grant said “any attack or sexual assault on a child must be regarded as a serious offence.”

McCorriston was remanded in custody and will appear in court again on Friday.