A German court has sentenced a wealthy businessman to three-and-a-half years in prison for sexually abusing a six-year-old girl in County Offaly 17 years ago.

However, Dr Andreas Ernst Lewicki was released after the verdict because of time he had spent in custody in the Czech Republic prior to his extradition to Germany.

It was the first Irish abuse case to be tried outside the jurisdiction.

Lewicki had pleaded guilty to the offence, which took place while he owned a factory in Tullamore.

In 1996 he was convicted of sexually abusing nine gypsy children in the Czech Republic.