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Violent sex offender jailed over the 'most horrendous abuse' of three girls

His offences took place between 1996 and 2002 and were described today as some of the most serious investigated by the Public Prosecution Branch.

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A 53-YEAR-OLD man in Co Down has been sentenced to a minimum of eight years in prison for 26 separate offences relating to historic violent and sexual assaults.

Alan McDonald was found guilty of charges today described by Detective Inspector Ian Singleton as “the most horrendous sexual and physical abuse of four females” – three of whom were children at the time.

“His offending, which took place between 1996 and 2002, was among the most serious investigated by the Public Protection Branch and had a significant impact on the lives of each of his victims,” Singleton said.

“These women have demonstrated enormous bravery in coming forward. The investigation and trial process has been understandably very difficult for them but they have never wavered from their commitment to seeing justice done. They are to be commended for their courage and perseverance throughout this entire process.”

The detective inspector paid tribute to the investigating detectives who he said have shown an “immense commitment to justice and to protecting the vulnerable by working closely with the victims, with sensitivity and compassion, to build the strongest possible case to present to the court and ultimately secure a conviction and appropriate sentence for this dangerous offender”.

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