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Abuser's threat to kill girl (7)

A CONVICTED sex offender, who told a seven-year-old girl he would kill her with a knife if she told anyone he had abused her, has been jailed for seven years.

The man, who is related to the victim, went on the run for four years after failing to appear for his sentence hearing in 2007, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.

The 33-year-old man pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault in the girl's Kerry home between December 12, 2003 and March 8, 2004. He was registered a sex offender following his plea.

He has 39 previous convictions, including a sex assault on a foster sister 13 years ago.