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Convicted sex abuser Liam Adams - brother of former Sinn Féin leader - dies from cancer

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Prisoner: Liam Adams was serving a sentence for raping his daughter. Picture: PA

Prisoner: Liam Adams was serving a sentence for raping his daughter. Picture: PA

Prisoner: Liam Adams was serving a sentence for raping his daughter. Picture: PA

Convicted paedophile Liam Adams - a brother of former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams - has died from cancer.

Liam Adams (63) was serving a 16-year sentence for the rape and sexual assault of his daughter. He was moved to a Belfast hospice earlier this month from Maghaberry Prison.

Last night a Sinn Féin spokesperson could not say if Gerry Adams will be making any public remarks on his brother's death.

The Northern Ireland Prison Service confirmed the death of a 63-year-old prisoner and said his next of kin had been informed. Liam Adams was convicted of the rape and sexual assault of his daughter Aine Dahlstrom in 2013.

Ms Dahlstrom, who waived her right to anonymity, was abused during a six-year period between 1977 and 1983, starting when she was just four.

During the trial it was revealed that in 1987 Ms Dahlstrom told Gerry Adams about the abuse she suffered.

This was the same time she told police about the crimes.

It was not until 2000, however, that Gerry Adams confronted his brother about the abuse, which he subsequently admitted. Mr Adams made his first report to police about the allegations in 2007 shortly after his party voted to accept the PSNI, but did not tell officers about the confession until 2009, when he made a second statement.

In 2015, the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman found there was no misconduct and police were not politically motivated when they said Gerry Adams should not be prosecuted for allegedly withholding information about his brother. The Ombudsman ruled the act of not immediately passing the information on to police did not meet the legal definition of "withholding information".

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