A man who gave four teenage girls alcohol, cigarettes and money before engaging in sexual activity with them has been warned he will get a “significant custodial sentence.”

Martin Edward Coyle, of 55 Bridge Street, has pleaded guilty to a total of eighteen sex offences between September 1, 2007, and May 1, 2008. They include unlawful carnal knowledge, indecent assault and gross indecency.

Derry Crown Court heard the girls, who were aged between 14 and 16 at the time, were “voluntary visitors” to the 52 year-old’s home and alcohol and cigarettes were “made available to them”.

Adjourning sentencing until next week, Judge Piers Grant said he wanted some time to reflect on the case, which involved “outrageous offences against vulnerable girls”.

The court was told Coyle kept a large bottle of vodka on an optic and the victims had “free access to it” during their time in his home.

It was also alleged that on occasions Coyle gave them money. However he claims this was for the girls to pay for taxis.

Coyle had sexual intercourse with three of the victims, with one stating it happened up to ten times and another telling police that Coyle engaged in various sex acts with her.

The youngest of the victims, who was just 14 at the time, reported being “touched and groped” by Coyle in the bedroom of his city centre home.

The court heard that all four victims were “vulnerable” teens, but it was accepted that the defendant did not force them to come to his home or threaten them to remain silent.

It was revealed that Coyle showed affection to his victims and told one of them he was in love with her.

Defence QC Billy McCrory said his client was a “man of mature years who should have known better” and “took advantage” of the situation.

He told the court there was no suggestion Coyle, who had a previous “unblemished character,” encouraged the victims to come into his house, but when they did an “unwholesome scenario” evolved.He added that his behaviour was “obviously reprehensible.”

Remanding Coyle in custody, the Judge warned him it is “inevitable a significant custodial sentence will be imposed.”