Man pleads guilty to 15 child sex offences

The case was heard at Bishop Street courthouse.
The case was heard at Bishop Street courthouse.

A 62 year old Eglinton man has been remanded in custody after pleading guilty to a total of 15 serious child sexual offences at the city’s Crown Court this morning.

Douglas Fredrick Ayton of 36 Donnybrewer Road was remanded until May 18, when he will go on trial facing a further 21 charges related to incidents alleged to have taken place between January 1981 and December 1987.

The charges relate to three different alleged injured parties - and include three counts of rape, one of attempted buggery, one of attempted rape, 11 indecent assault and five of gross indecency towards a child.

Ayton pleaded guilty to a total of 13 charges of indecent assault - eight of which related to one of the injured parties and five of which related to a second injured party.

The charges of gross indecency to which Ayton pleaded guilty also related to the second injured party.

The court heard the trial against Ayton was likely to last more than a week.

Crown Court Judge Donna McColgan remanded Ayton in custody saying: “He has pleaded guilty to 15 very serious offences.”