‘Groomed’ boy before abuse

A man who abused an 11-year-old boy bought him sweets and chips before abusing him, a court has heard.

David Curry, of Milltown View, Drumahoe, was jailed at Derry Crown Court yesterday for indecently assaulting an 11-year-old boy in the 1980s.

The abuse took place in a breakers yard in the Waterside.

Passing sentence, Judge Philip Babington said Curry had ‘befriended and groomed the complainant to win his trust and abused him for your own gratuitous pleasure’.

He added: ‘One can only hope the injured party will improve with help over time’.

Judge Babington said the age difference between the complainant and defendant, the length of time the abuse took place and the element of grooming were aggravating factors in the case.

He said further aggravating factors were the nature of the abuse and the harm caused to the victim.

The judge jailed Curry for four years and ordered him to spend a further two years on probation.

During the probation period, Curry will have to participate in the community sex offenders programme.

The 51-year-old must also sign the sex offenders register indefinitely and will be subject to a sexual offences prevention order for five years.

This order prohibits Curry having any contact with children under 16 without prior approval and bans him from contacting his victim.

Judge Babington said these conditions are ‘necessary to protect the public, particularly young people, from harm’.

Curry will also be disqualified from working with children and vulnerable adults.