NewsCrime Desk

Gerry Adams' paedophile brother launching appeal against conviction

Crime DeskBy Shuki Byrne
Appeal: Liam Adams was convicted of raping and sexually abusing his daughter
Appeal: Liam Adams was convicted of raping and sexually abusing his daughter

The paedophile brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams will today begin an appeal against his conviction and sentence for raping and sexually abusing his daughter.

Liam Adams, 59, from west Belfast, was found guilty in 2013 of a string of attacks on Aine Dahlstrom when she was aged between four and nine in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

He was subsequently handed a 16-year sentence, only half of which he is expected to spend behind bars.

His case is being heard in the Appeal Court in Belfast.

Adams, formerly of Bernagh Drive, was found guilty of 10 offences against Mrs Dahlstrom - three counts of rape, four of indecent assault and three of gross indecency.

The opportunist predator committed the crimes when he was left alone with his daughter, often sneaking into her room while she slept.

The abuse was committed over a five-year period between 1977 and 1981. In later years he went on to work in a number of youth centres in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Mrs Dahlstrom, now in her early 40s, has waived her right to anonymity.

The conviction heaped pressure on Gerry Adams to explain why he did not alert the authorities to the abuse allegations when he initially learned of them.

Gerry Adams (above) has insisted he acted properly and accused political rivals of exploiting a family issue to attack him.