Liam Adams found guilty of raping his daughter

Liam Adams

Liam Adams

Liam Adams, the brother of local Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams, has been convicted of raping and abusing his daughter.

Adams, 58, from Bernagh Drive in Belfast, was found guilty yesterday of ten offences, including rape and gross indecency, against his daughter, Áine Adams.

The abuse was committed over a six-year period between 1977 and 1983, when she was aged between four and nine.

Liam, who worked for a time in Dundalk, had consistently denied the charges throughout the two-week trial.

However, a jury of nine men and three women convicted him on all charges, with a majority verdict of 11 to one returned after four hours of deliberation.

During the trial the court was told how Gerry Adams had accompanied his niece and her month to Buncrana in Co Donegal to confront Liam Adams about the allegations.

She was just 13 but although she made a complaint to police in 1987, she did not pursue it until 2007 when Liam Adams was arrested.

Gerry Adams had claimed that Liam had confessed to him of one incident of sexual abuse of his daughter Áine, during a meeting between the pair in Dundalk in 2000. It was 2009, however, before he told police of his brother’s confession.

Liam Adams was remanded in custody following the verdict and it is expected that he will be sentenced in four weeks’ time.

Reacting to the verdict, Gerry Adams said the trial has been “a distressing ordeal” for all of his family and for his niece Áine.

He said the family now requested the media to respect their right to space and privacy. He also thanked “the many people who have sent messages of support and solidarity.”

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