Pae­dophile pen­sioner is jailed af­ter ad­mit­ting sex­ual abuse of five boys

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A CHILD abuser aged 75 has been given a three-year prison sen­tence, two to be served un­der cus­tody pro­ba­tion.

The of­fences in­volved five boys in­ter­mit­tently between 1986 and 2007, who a judge said were “sub­jected to sig­nif­i­cant and per­sis­tant abuse”.

Frank Mitchell of Dun­breen Close, Omagh, orig­i­nally de­nied all charges against him, which com­prised 11 counts of in­de­cent as­sault and two of gross in­de­cency.

How­ever, af­ter what’s known as a ‘Rooney Hear­ing’ — which in­volves a judge giv­ing an in­di­ca­tion of sen­tence if the charges were ad­mit­ted — Mitchell changed his plea.

Pre­vi­ously im­posed re­port­ing re­stric­tions ban­ning the pub­li­ca­tion of any de­tails in the case were lifted at that point.

Of­fences oc­curred against one vic­tim in 1986, fol­lowed by a sec­ond vic­tim between May and Oc­to­ber 1987.

The third vic­tim was abused between 1987 and 1988, while the fourth re­lates to dates between 2000 and 2002.

Fi­nally, the most re­cent of­fences oc­curred against a fifth vic­tim from Novem­ber 2004 un­til De­cem­ber 2007.

His Hon­our Judge Stephen Fowler QC ad­journed the case for pre-sen­tence re­ports and med­i­cal ev­i­dence as to Mitchell’s health.

On re­turn to Dun­gan­non Crown Court, the de­fen­dant ap­peared dressed in jeans and a grey fleece and lean­ing on a walk­ing stick. He was car­ry­ing a holdall and a bag of med­i­ca­tion.

Judge Fowler said: “There is no doubt the vic­tims have been se­ri­ously af­fected, and were sub­jected to sig­nif­i­cant and per­sis­tent abuse.”

It was ac­cepted Mitchell is in con­sid­er­able ill health, but was nonethe­less found to present a medium risk of re­of­fend­ing.

Hand­ing down the three-year sen­tence, Judge Fowler said the first year will be served in cus­tody and the re­main­der will be un­der su­per­vi­sion.

Mitchell is to com­plete all sex of­fender work deemed re­quired by pro­ba­tion and com­ply with all rec­om­men­da­tions of his des­ig­nated risk man­ager.

Im­pos­ing a Sex­ual Of­fences Preven­tion Or­der to run un­til fur­ther no­tice, Judge Fowler said: “I am sat­is­fied this is nec­es­sary to pro­tect others from sex­ual harm.”

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