Northern Ireland

Ballyclare father jailed for raping daughter as teenager

A father who raped his daughter when she was a teenager, 25 years ago, has been jailed for nine and a half years.

James McKenzie, 63, was able to be publicly named after his daughter waived her right to anonymity.

Belfast Crown Court heard his daughter was 15 when he attacked her in a downstairs bathroom of the family home in Ballyclare.

Judge David McFarland described his actions as "an appalling breach of trust".

McKenzie was ordered to sign the police sex offenders register for the rest of his life.

The judge also put in place "to protect the public" a lifetime Sexual Offences Prevention Order, barring McKenzie from ever contacting his daughter, having unsupervised contact with children and from living anywhere without approval from social services.

A prosecuting lawyer told the court how the attack had left his daughter suffering emotionally for many years.

She said that a further "unambiguous and clear" aggravating factor was the "magnitude of the breach of trust" McKenzie had committed.

At the end of his trial last month, a jury convicted McKenzie of a single count of rape by a majority verdict of ten to two.

The jury of seven men and five women failed to reach verdicts on 22 other charges of rape and sexual abuse allegedly committed on dates between 1 September 1980 and 31 May 1988.

He will not be retried on those charges.