Derry man who abused four schoolgirls jailed for six years

A 52-year-old Derry man who fed four schoolgirls with alcohol before sexually abusing them has been jailed for six years.

Martin Edward Coyle from Bridge Street pleaded guilty to 18 charges including gross indecency with a child, unlawful carnal knowledge, and indecent assault.

Derry Crown Court was told that Coyle used alcohol, cigarettes and money to lure the girls - who were aged between 14 and 16 - to his home.

Judge Piers Grant said Coyle was "depraved, vile and disgusting", and his abuse was "premeditated, planned, organised and involved grooming".

He said Coyle showed the girls pornographic films and gave them alcohol to disinhibit them before assaulting them in front of each other.

The judge said Coyle's victims came from a vulnerable background, and were still psychologically damaged.

Judge Grant described Coyle's actions as wicked, and said they had a profound effect on the lives of the four children.

Coyle was jailed for six years and also placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

He was also made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order which bans him from unsupervised association with children under 18 for an indefinite period