Jail term of child abuse priest is cut

By Alan Erwin
Belfast Telegraph
January 18, 2012

Catholic priest jailed for sexually abusing three young girls more than 40 years ago is set to be freed after partially winning his appeal against conviction.

Senior judges have overturned three of 11 counts of indecent assault Father Eugene Lewis was found guilty of committing.

A four-year prison sentence imposed on the 77-year-old in September 2010 was also reduced to two years and nine months.

With his time behind bars now served, preparations were being made for his release.

Reasons for the decision by the Court of Appeal in Belfast will be given at a later date.

The abuse was carried out by Lewis in Co Fermanagh between 1963 and 1973, beginning when the girls were aged as young as seven.



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