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Derry sex attack raised in Assembly

27 February, 2008

Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has called on the British-Irish Council to close a legal loophole which allowed a convicted sex offender to attack a teenager in Derry.

Ms. Anderson said:

"During a report from the British-Irish Council at the Assembly this week, I raised the recent case of Michael Diver from Donegal who was convicted of sexually assaulted a teenager in Derry.

"Despite the fact that Diver has served a sentence for a jail sentence for a similar sentence in the South, a legal loophole meant he was able to move to the North without having to sign on the sex offenders register here.

"It's clear that the protection of our children has to be a top priority for all public representatives and that is why I raised this case.

"The British Irish Council have committed themselves to enhancing existing arrangements in order to improve child protection measures across jurisdictions.

"As part of that process, I am calling for a harmonisation of the sex offenders register to ensure that sexual predators are not able to move unnoticed between different jurisdictions in order to carry out their crimes.

"That needs to happen sooner rather than later because we need to ensure that we do all we can to ensure that every possible measure I put in place to help protect our children." ENDS

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