Leitrim man's appeal against sex assault jail sentence fails

A Leitrim man who sexually assaulted a neighbour's young daughter has failed in his appeal against his three-year prison sentence.

The 22-year-old man was jailed for three years in March last year, having pleaded guilty to one representative count of sexually assaulting the then 10-year-old girl, on dates unknown during the month of October, 2005.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, initially pleaded not guilty to six charges of sexual assault, but reversed his plea the day after the jury at his trial were discharged, in October 2009.

The victim had already given evidence by video-link on the opening day of the initial trial.

The Court of Criminal Appeal today determined the case involved an "extraordinary offence", which involved a serious breach of trust and that it would not interfere with the sentence imposed.

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