A 72-YEAR-OLD man is due to be sentenced next month after admitting a total of 20 counts of historical sex abuse over a period of almost two decades.

James Desmond McNamee, of Bunneil, Lisnaskea, was charged with 14 counts of indecently assaulting a female and a further six counts of gross indecency with, or towards, a child.

The offences occurred between November 19, 1975 and September 1, 1993.

There were two victims, who cannot be named to protect their identities.

McNamee had initially entered not guilty pleas to the offences when he was arraigned before Dungannon Crown Court, and had been due to stand trial.

However, at a subsequent hearing, defence counsel asked for McNamee to be re-arraigned and this time he pleaded guilty.

His Honour, Judge Stephen Fowler QC, directed for the preparation of pre-sentence reports and adjourned the case until Friday, June 8.