Man to be sentenced for indecent assault

A man indecently assaulted a child he was babysitting over a decade ago, a court has heard.

The 28-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, pleaded guilty to four charges of indecent assault between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 1999.

Derry Crown Court heard the abuse began when the victim was between six and ten-years-old and the defendant was aged between 11 and 15.

The court was told the abuse occurred while the defendant was babysitting the girl. He would touch her over her clothing and simulate sexual intercourse with her.

The man would also make the girl touch his naked penis.

During police interview, the 28-year-old admitted the touching.

It was revealed that in a victim impact report the injured party highlighted a number of challenges in her life but “doesn’t seek to attribute these to the defendant”.

However, she said it was important that other young children are protected from him in future.

A defence barrister said there was a “lack of boundaries” in the defendant’s life at the time of the offences, which he claimed were “experimental in nature”.

The barrister added that the behaviour was stopped as soon as the defendant realised what he was doing was wrong.

Judge Piers Grant adjourned sentencing until this morning, stating he wished to have sometime to consider this matter.

He said that the offences had a “significant long-lasting effect on this young woman and a custodial sentence is something I must consider”.