Liam Adams's wife 'appalled' after appeal rejected

Liam Adams's wife Brona leaving the Court of Appeal in Belfast in March

Liam Adams's second wife Brona last night said her family are "shocked and appalled" after he lost his appeal against being convicted of raping his own daughter.

Adams (59), a brother of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, was seeking to overturn a finding that he was guilty of committing a string of sexual assaults over a six-year period against Aine Dahlstrom, a daughter from his first marriage.

But a panel of three senior judges in Belfast last week rejected all grounds of challenge, including claims about pre-trial publicity, lies and inconsistent evidence.

Mrs Adams said in a statement last night that her family believe "there has been a serious miscarriage of justice and that this case was closed down".

"It is our opinion that the evidence presented by Eilis McDermott QC on behalf of the defence to the appeal judges on the 25th/26th March was so overwhelming that it should have been impossible for these judges to ignore," she said.

"A retrial should have been called, as it now stands, we are totally disappointed by the (Northern Ireland) courts and their inability to independently give a fair judgment.

"We are determined to fight for Liam and alongside his legal team will continue to pursue all avenues that will overturn this conviction."

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