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Couple jailed for raping sisters
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A former paramilitary prisoner has been jailed for 12 years at Belfast Crown Court for raping and sexually molesting his girlfriend's two teenage sisters.

His partner, 27, who procured the girls for her 30-year-old boyfriend, was sentenced to three years in prison.

The pair cannot be named to protect the identity of the girls who were 13 and 15-years-old when the abuse took place.

The court was told the man was out of prison on licence when the offences were committed in 2001 and 2004.

He has previous convictions for attempted murder, membership of a proscribed organisation, burglary and possession of drugs.

'Depravity'

During his sentencing remarks, Mr Justice Weir told the woman that he believed that but for the man's "malign influence" on her, she would not have been involved in what he described as a "litany of depravity".

The judge also revealed that the man continued to deny any wrongdoing, showed no motivation to change and therefore would not be offered any sentence reduction for a term of probation.

However, he added that the woman had shown "a want to change" and offered her an 18-month probationary term during which she would attend one-to-one counselling sessions.

Before the couple were led away to start their sentences the judge said it was "a matter of regret" that the man's identity could not be made public.

At the conclusion of their trial last February, the former loyalist paramilitary was convicted of two counts of raping each sister, three of indecent assault and one of gross indecency.

His girlfriend was convicted of procuring her sisters for him to have sex with and one of inciting an act of gross indecency, but on the first day of the trial she admitted two charges of indecent assault and a further charge of committing an act of gross indecency with a teenage sister.

The pair have also been ordered to sign the sex offenders' register.


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