Jailed for abusing 11-year-old

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A Waterside man who sexually abused an 11-year-old boy three decades ago has been jailed for four years.

David Curry, of Milltown View, Drumahoe, was convicted of nine charges of indecent assault and three of gross indecency after a trial at Derry Crown Court.

The offences were committed between 1980 and 1981, when the injured party was between 11 and 12-years-old.

The court heard that Curry, who is now 51, used to buy the boy sweets and they became friends.

As the friendship grew, Curry began to take the victim to a breakers yard which he had the keys for.

He began to abuse the boy in what was once a snooker hall in the yard, by touching his groin over his 

It then progressed in seriousness and involved oral sex and simulated sex.

Curry also took the boy to his home and abused him in his bedroom. The abuse would take place two or three times a week.

The court heard that the injured party went to the police because he couldn’t live with the abuse anymore.

Curry denied all the offences and continues to deny abusing the victim.

It was revealed the injured party has been badly affected by the abuse, is ‘emotionally fragile’ and will need to have further counselling.

The court also heard that the convictions have had an impact on Curry, a man with no previous convictions, and his house and his car was damaged.