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Adams' brother and father are also convicted sex offenders

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Billy Adams was convicted after being sent to HMP Maghaberry from an English prison in 2019

Billy Adams was convicted after being sent to HMP Maghaberry from an English prison in 2019

Billy Adams was convicted after being sent to HMP Maghaberry from an English prison in 2019

A convicted paedophile from Northern Ireland, who was serving a prison sentence in England for raping a young girl, has been convicted of raping a teenage boy.

The father, John Adams, and brother, David Adams, of Billy Adams, originally from Ballymena, and who was transferred to HMP Maghaberry from England in 2019, are also convicted sex offenders.

Last week he was convicted in Belfast Crown Court for the rape and attempted rape of a boy between 1982 and 1983.

He'd been serving 15 years in prison after being convicted in Liverpool in 2005 of the repeated rape a 12-year-old girl.

During the case in England, it emerged that a priest in County Fermanagh, Father Jeremiah McGrath, who Adams was in a relationship with, had facilitated the paedophile’s abuse of the girl.

McGrath himself was later sentenced to five years for his role in the appalling crimes.

It was also heard that McGrath, who had amassed a small fortune having invested in the stock market, was giving Billy Adams around £3,000 a month to pay for the flat where the rapes and attacks on the girl were carried out.

At one stage, as the abuse continued, Adams put a knife to the girl's throat, threatening to kill her if she spoke of what was going on to anyone.

Before moving to England, Adams also spent a number of years living in the Republic of Ireland where he was convicted of raping an eight-year-old girl in Dublin, which he served six years for.

Adam's father, John, was also convicted in 2003 for raping three girls aged between six and ten in the Republic of Ireland between 1991 and 1993.

It was heard in court how he took photographs of his victims while he abused them, and he was handed down four life sentences, the largest sentence ever given for sex crimes in the Republic.

He died in 2019 while serving his time in Arbour Hill Prison in Dublin, having previously been convicted for abducting a child in Northern Ireland.

Billy Adams’ brother, David, is also a convicted paedophile, having raped a 13-year-old girl in Bangor, Northern Ireland, in 2009.

Billy Adams was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a later date.


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