Michael Christopher Bradley ("the applicant") was convicted of a number of offences at Londonderry Crown Court on 3 December 2008 at the conclusion of a trial by jury presided over by His Honour Judge Lynch. The convictions included three counts of indecent assault on a female, contrary to Section 52 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 ("the 1861 Act"), three counts of gross indecency with or towards a child, contrary to Section 22 of the Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968, seventeen counts of buggery, contrary to Section 61 of the 1861 Act and one count of assault, contrary to common law and Section 47 of the 1861 Act. All of these offences are alleged to have been perpetrated by the applicant upon his daughter. The sexual offences are alleged to have commenced on 31 August 1999, when the victim was nine years of age, and continued until 30 June 2003. The Section 47 assault is alleged to have been committed on a date unknown between 30 May and 2 June 2005.