The Police Service of Northern Ireland today welcomed sentences given to six people in connection with a range of sexual, violent and cruelty offences against a number of children in the South Down area in the late 1970’s and 1980’s.
Detectives from the PSNI’s Public Protection Unit (PPU) in C District commended the courage of the victims in this child abuse case and hope the sentencing provides an end to a horrific period in their lives.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Richard Graham, paid tribute to the victims, the investigation team and the Public Prosecution Service: “I have nothing but praise for the dignity and bravery of the victims involved in this case. They have shown immense strength and determination throughout this process. They have never waivered in their resolve to see justice done.
“This was a large and complex investigation carried out by a team of specialist detectives. Each member of the investigation team has demonstrated tireless dedication to building the strongest possible case and, with the support of the PPS, successfully placed this case before the courts. We hope it sends a clear message to others who have endured this type of abuse – no matter when it took place – that they should speak out and contact the PSNI as successful prosecutions can be secured.
“We are pleased that these defendants have now been sentenced and will pay for their crimes.”
“We would like to thank the investigation team for all of their hard work and support throughout the investigation and legal process.
We hope that our case sends out a message that there is always hope and you can get justice. We would encourage anyone who may have suffered abuse to report it no matter how long ago it may have happened or how much time has passed.”