Jailed for eight months for sexually abusing niece

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A man who sexually abused his niece has been jailed for eight months.

Alwyn Victor Donnell, of Rushcroft Gardens, was convicted of indecent assault and gross indecency after a trial at Derry Crown Court.

The 49-year-old continues to deny the offences.

He can be named after the victim waived her right to anonymity.

The offences were committed between January 1979 and December 1980, when the victim was just eight-years-old.

Passing sentence, Judge Philip Babington said it is quite clear the victim has suffered as a result of the abuse.

He added: “It can only be hoped that this trial and sentencing allow some closure to her and allow some of her family members to re-evaluate their stance to her.”

For more see Friday’s Journal.