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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Abuser asks his victims to free assets for living costs

Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

Published 14/12/2012|05:00

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A RETIRED company director at the centre of a landmark €4m sex abuse award has asked his victims to unfreeze his pension funds to meet his monthly living expenses.

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Earlier this month, Jacqueline O'Toole, who was raped and became pregnant by Joseph Carrick when she was a schoolgirl, was awarded a record €4m in damages.

Her cousin and best friend Geraldine Nolan, who was also raped and abused by Carrick (76), was awarded €700,000 in damages by a separate High Court jury.

The Irish Independent has learned that the married father of five, who has been ordered not to reduce his assets below €5m, has written to his victims asking that they relinquish the freeze on his pension funds.

But the women want a receiver appointed over all of his assets.

Carrick, who transferred his home in Carysfort Woods, Blackrock, Dublin, to his wife, Angela, on February 23, 2007 says he needs at least €2,701 a month in living expenses.

This estimate relates to the upkeep of two homes and includes outgoings such as mortgage repayments, private health insurance, utility bills, life assurance and food.

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Carrick did not defend the civil actions brought by Ms O'Toole and Mrs Nolan, but has written to their lawyers seeking living expenses for him and his family. The case is due back before the High Court this morning, when the women are expected to seek the continuation of the freezing orders.

The house in Carysfort Woods represented one of the best opportunities for the women to execute their judgments, but it is now feared that other assets in Carrick's extensive property portfolio may also be beyond reach.

The transfer of the house, in consideration of Carrick's "love and affection" for his wife, was made two weeks after he was notified that the High Court had set a date for the civil action taken by the two women.

The Director of Public Prosecutions tried four times to prosecute Carrick, who was described in the High Court as "a monster" and "an evil paedophile".

In the first two trials the charges were withdrawn, and juries in the third and fourth could not reach a verdict.

In October, the DPP told Carrick, who denied the char-ges, that she would not be proceeding with any further trials.

Carrick is believed to have received €1m in 2009 from the sale of his half-share in a shipping company and may hold up to six pensions.

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