A paedophile declared “my conscience is clear” despite being unanimously convicted of sexually abusing three young brothers.
The Newry Crown Court jury of seven men and five women deliberated for just over four and a half hours before convicting 38-year-old Jason Paul Magill on 26 offences by unanimous verdicts.
Magill, from Moody Park, Scarva was found unanimously guilty of six offences of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, three of possessing indecent images of children, six counts of causing a child to watch a sexual act, five of making threats to kill the three boys and their mother, five counts of sexually assaulting two of the children and one offence of sexually grooming his nine-year-old victim.
The jury did, however, find Magill unanimously not guilty of three further charges of sexually assaulting his 10-year-old victim.
As he was led to the cells, the paedophile was overheard telling prison officers “my conscience is clear”.
Magill committed the offences on various dates between 1 February 2012 and 26 July 2013 when his victims were just nine, ten and eleven years old, respectively.
The offences came to light when the boys’ parents discovered that Magill and the 10-year-old boy had been exchanging explicit images and messages with each other.
It was when the concerned parents spoke with their sons that they disclosed Magill had touched two of them inappropriately, had forced them to touch his private parts and had shown all three sexually explicit images of adults engaging in sex acts.
The day after that disclosure, police seized Magill’s iPod and laptop, and uncovered that he had tried to delete a sexually explicit video of the 10-year-old schoolboy “touching himself in a sexual way” saying he wanted to have sex with depraved Magill.
Magill threatened to kill them if they told anyone about what he was doing.
Magill gave evidence on his own behalf and denied the offences, claiming he had done nothing wrong.
Trial Judge Patricia Smyth ordered Magill to sign the police sex offenders register.
Remanding him back into custody and adjourning passing sentence until 8 May, the judge ordered both victim impact and probation presentence reports to be compiled.
Speaking outside the court, a relative of Magill’s victims said: “It’s been a few years of hell but there’s light at the end of the tunnel from this pervert who had victimised these kids.”