Man jailed for sexually abusing young girl
A 30-year-old west Belfast man has been jailed for 16 months and placed on the sex offenders register for ten years for abusing a young schoolgirl.
Ciaran Guiney was informed by Judge Gordon Kerr QC, on Monday, that he will spend half the sentence in custody, with the remaining eight months spent on supervised licence upon his release.
Belfast Crown Court heard that when the man’s offending came to light, he expressed concerns that he had been caught two-timing his fianceé.
When the case was first heard last month, there were scenes of uproar in the public gallery when a fight broke out between two groups of people linked to the case.
However, there was a police presence during today’s sentencing, which passed off without incident.
Before sentence was passed, Judge Kerr referred to the previous hearing, telling the court: “On the last occasion before this court there was disorder. Any repetition of that today will be severely dealt with.”
During the last hearing, it emerged that the defendant had abused the schoolgirl in the west Belfast home he shared with his fianceé.
He admitted a total of nine offences including:
Sexual activity with a child
Causing a child to watch a sex act
Causing a child to engage in a sex act.