Man jailed for sexually abusing his niece over 10-year period

A 42-year-old man has been jailed for three years at Londonderry Crown Court for sexually abusing his niece over a 10-year period.

The victim was just five years old when the abuse started in 1985.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted seven charges of indecent assault and six charges of committing gross indecency.

He was placed on the sex offenders' register and given three years probation after his sentence.

The court heard the offences occurred in the girl's grandmother's home where both she and her abuser lived.

Judge Piers Grant said the victim reported the abuse to the police in March 2011.

He said, before she came forward, she was tortured by what had happened and suffered considerable turmoil as a result.