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jailed again Murderer who killed teen girl convicted of sexually abusing two children

James Craig had previously been found guilty of murdering 13-year-old Sonia Forsythe

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James Craig murdered Sonia Forsythe in 1991

James Craig murdered Sonia Forsythe in 1991

James Craig murdered Sonia Forsythe in 1991

A man who murdered a 13-year-old schoolgirl in 1991 has been further convicted of sexually abusing two young girls.

James Junior McKinstry Craig (49), a father of one, was found guilty yesterday after a two-week trial at Belfast Crown Court.

Craig was remanded into custody after five guilty verdicts were delivered.

He had initially faced seven charges – three counts of gross indecency and four counts of indecent assault.

Yesterday he was convicted of two counts of indecent assault and three counts of gross indecency.

The crimes were committed during the 80s and 90s when one of the victims was aged between five and eight and the other was aged between seven and nine.

The victims are now aged 38 and 40.

During the trial both women give evidence in front of the jury.

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Sonia Forsythe (13) was murdered by James Craig

Sonia Forsythe (13) was murdered by James Craig

Sonia Forsythe (13) was murdered by James Craig

One of the women, aged 38, spoke of how she had called for her mother during the abuse and that she had been left with flashbacks and suffering panic attacks after Craig had driven her to Ballysillan leisure centre where some of the attacks took place.

The other victim, now aged 40, spoke of how Craig offered to give her money for ice cream before he sexually attacked her.

After he abducted Sonia Forsythe in 1991 Craig beat her to death with a poker stick and hid her remains in a coal bunker at his home near the Crumlin Road in west Belfast.

In 1996 the remains were found by tradesmen and Craig was put to trial, found guilty and sentenced to 21 years. He was later released and was living in Portadown when the allegations arose from the two women he’d abused as children.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Sonia Forsythe’s mother, Audrey Boomer, said: "I am glad the girls are getting justice and hopefully this will keep him off the streets for longer.

"We have always said that he was a danger to society."

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