Sean Ciaran James Coyle: Londonderry step-brother jailed for sex abuse

Courthouse in Derry
Image caption Both victims wanted their step-brother's name to be made public

A Londonderry man has been jailed for 26 months after being convicted of sexually abusing his step-brother and step-sister over a five year period.

Sean Ciaran James Coyle, 23, from Danesfort crescent, can now be named because his victims have waived their right to anonymity.

He was 12 years old when he started abusing the children in January 2004, and his victims were aged 14 and eight.

Coyle has been placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Appearing at Londonderry Crown Court, he admitted all 12 charges.

The court heard that what started off as horseplay escalated to Coyle gratuitously abusing his victims for his own sexual gratification.

Most of the abuse was perpetrated against his step-sister in the bedroom of their home.

The judge said that unsupervised contact between Coyle and his two victims was a contributory factor in the abuse he perpetrated against them.

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