April 2017

Man jailed for sexual abuse of two young girls

A south Belfast man started a four-year prison sentence yesterday after he was convicted of repeatedly sexually abusing two young girls.

Wilson Holland, 64-years old of the Belvoir estate in South Belfast was told that he will spend an additional two years on probation following his release, after he was found guilty of 14 separate counts of indecent assault.

During a trial at Belfast Crown Court last month, a jury heard how the two girls were each targeted at Hollands then home in the Lisburn Road area.

Despite denials, he was convicted of indecently assaulting one girl between April 1974 when she was eight, and the following September when she was nine.

The second girl’s abuse began in September 1978, when she was seven, and continued until the end of 1982.

The offences ranged in seriousness from sexual touching to digital penetration and penetration with an object

Trial judge His Honour Geoffrey Miller QC said an aggravating feature was the defendant’s continual denials of wrong-doing.

Judge Miller said the two victims were “carrying the impact of abuse for many years”.

He revealed that while one of the females displays signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the second victim has been diagnosed with an adjustment order.