May 2015

Brothers admit indecently assaulting girl, aged 10


A father has spoken of his relief after two Islandmagee brothers were convicted of indecently assaulting his daughter when she was aged 10.

Andrew Kenneth McNeilly, 30, of Island Village, and 28-year-old Craig Robert Alexander McNeilly, whose address was given as Ros, Islandmagee, admitted the charges at Antrim Crown Court on Monday. They were remanded on bail to return for sentencing on May 29.

The guilty pleas end a decade-long ordeal for the victim – now aged 24 –and her family, who have fought for justice since the crime first came to light.

The offences took place on unknown dates between June, 2000 and June, 2002, but it was several years before the victim felt she was able to come forward.

The father – who cannot be identified to protect the identity of the victim – said: “On behalf of my daughter, I would like to thank the police for doing a fantastic job of helping to bring these two men to justice.

“After 10 years of denials and dragging this out, they finally admitted what they did and everyone now knows the truth.”

He hoped his loved ones could put the traumatic experience behind them and look to the future, saying: “This has been hanging over us for years. Now we can finally move on with our lives.”