A former Catholic priest has been sentenced to four years in prison for what a judge described as a ''systematic campaign'' of sexual abuse against young boys.

Dan Curran, 61, from Newcastle, Co Down, admitted sexually assaulting two altar boys when he was a parish priest in Belfast in the late 1980s.

The abuse took place at an isolated cottage where Curran took his victims at weekends.

It is the fourth time in 16 years that the former priest has been convicted of sexually abusing young boys in his care.

After the sentencing, one of his victims said he believed that justice had been done.