Wednesday 21 February 2018

Rapist Liam Adams appeals conviction

Liam Adams. Photo: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Liam Adams. Photo: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Liam Adams

David Young

THE paedophile brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has mounted an appeal against his conviction and sentence for raping and sexually abusing his daughter.

Liam Adams (58), pictured, from west Belfast, was found guilty last year of a string of attacks on Aine Dahlstrom when she was aged between four and nine in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

He was subsequently handed a 16-year sentence, only half of which he is expected to spend behind bars.

The Lord Chief Justice's office in Belfast has confirmed that Adams's lawyers have applied to seek leave to appeal both conviction and sentence.

Adams, from Bernagh Drive, was found guilty of 10 offences against Mrs Dahlstrom -- three counts of rape, four of indecent assault and three of gross indecency.

The abuse was committed over a five-year period between 1977 and 1981. In later years, he went on to work in a number of youth centres in Northern Ireland and the Republic.

The conviction heaped pressure on Gerry Adams to explain why he did not alert the authorities to the abuse allegations when he initially learned of them.

During a first trial last year, which collapsed, the Sinn Fein leader and TD claimed he first heard of the sex abuse claims in 1987.

He said 13 years later, his younger brother admitted his guilt to him.

The former west Belfast MP faced criticism for not informing police about the alleged confession for another nine years. Gerry Adams has insisted he committed no offence.

Irish Independent

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