Police have welcomed the custodial sentence handed down to man convicted of historical child sex offences on Thursday, 27 June.
61 year old James McEvoy was found guilty at Downpatrick Crown Court of 15 counts of gross indecency and indecent assault against two female victims who were both under the age of 12 at the time. He was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment and a further 2 years’ probation upon release. He will also be on the Sexual Offenders Register for life and will be subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).
Detective Constable Meehan said: “I welcome the sentence passed today and I recognise and applaud the courage it took for these two women to come forward and seek justice. Seeing a case through the criminal justice system is a daunting undertaking and they have both demonstrated tremendous courage and fortitude throughout. I hope sentences like this one will encourage other victims, even those who experienced abuse some period of time ago, to report offences to police and be assured that we will treat you with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity.”