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Saturday 2 August 2014

Dad kept daughter from school so he could abuse her

Aoife Nic Ardghail

Published 08/07/2014|02:30

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A man made his daughter pretend to be sick so she would stay home from school, allowing him to rape her, a court has heard.

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The Dublin man will be sentenced next week after handing himself in to gardai 13 years after sexually abusing his two young daughters.

The 44-year-old, who can't be named, appeared before the Central Criminal Court having entered early guilty pleas to sexual assault, rape and anal rape of one daughter from 2000 to 2001 when she was aged between 10 and 11. He also admitted sexually assaulting a younger daughter when she was ten years old in 2000.

Detective Garda Dermot English said that the then 11-year-old complained to her mother in 2001 about her father "touching her in ways he shouldn't" since the previous summer.

The detective told Vincent Heneghan BL, prosecuting, that she described how her father would make her tell her mother she had a tummy ache on Sunday night so he could rape her at home next day. The girl said her father would usually rape her twice before her mother got home from work.

The girl's younger sister also made a garda statement in 2001 describing how her father had touched her "privates" once.

When the man was arrested in 2001, he told gardai his daughters would not lie and that they would never have to go to court.

Det Gda English revealed that that was the last gardai heard from the man until he handed himself in at a Dublin garda station earlier this year.

His younger daughter completed a victim impact statement on behalf of her sister. The woman described her father as a "violent, controlling person" whose main priority was to get his own way.

The detective agreed with Sean Gillane SC, defending, that his client told gardai he would be pleading guilty. He further agreed that there had been a threat on the man's safety.

Mr Heneghan told Mr Justice Paul Carney the Director of Public Prosecutions considered the rapes on the older daughter as being at the upper end of the scale of seriousness.

Mr Justice Carney remanded the man in custody to be sentenced next week.

Irish Independent

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