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Victim waits four decades for justice

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Victim waits four decades for justice thumbnailSex offender Louis Feeny.

A PERVERTED pensioner who repeatedly raped an eight-year-old girl in the grounds of a Portstewart Catholic church has been jailed for 10 years. Louis Feeny, 66, formerly from Killowen Street, Coleraine, is already a convicted sex offender and behind bars.
Judge Gordon Kerr QC, sitting at Londonderry Crown Court, said the 66-year-old had carried out 'a campaign of rape' against his victim on an almost daily basis in August 1973.
Feeny pleaded guilty to six specimen charges of rape. He was originally interviewed by the police about the rape allegations in October 2000 but no prosecution was directed.
However, when other sexual offences came to light, Feeny was re-interviewed but denied the allegations.
The former part-time handyman was due to stand trial at Antrim Crown Court in September of this year but on the morning of his trial he was re-arraigned and pleaded guilty to the charges.
Prosecuting barrister Roseanne McCormick told the Londonderry Court how Feeny first met his victim outside the Star Of The Sea church in Portstewart as she was walking on her way to swimming lessons.
The young girl said she had to go to the toilet and Feeny took her to a toilet block at the rear of the church. He walked into the cubicle with her and locked the door behind.

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