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Former scout leader due for sentencing on 54 historical abuse charges

The charges related to the abuse of four boys between 1982 and 1997.

Laganside Magistrates' Court in Belfast.
Laganside Magistrates' Court in Belfast.
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A 44-YEAR-old man is due to be sentenced this morning at Laganside Magistrates’ Court in Belfast after being found guilty of 59 historical abuse charges.

The man, who was a former scout leader, was found guilty by a jury last month. The charges related to the abuse of four boys between 1982 and 1997.

This includes buggery, indecent assault and gross indecency and the charges all relate to offences which occurred in the Bessbrook area.

Last month, the Newry Times reported that the trial judge told the man he can “expect” jail time.

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