Friday 22 September 2017

Dublin man jailed for abuse of sisters

The 49-year-old pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to six counts of sexual assault against the four girls on dates between 2002 and 2004
The 49-year-old pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to six counts of sexual assault against the four girls on dates between 2002 and 2004

Laura Colgan

A Dublin man who sexually abused four sisters in their home has been given a 12-year sentence.

The 49-year-old pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to six counts of sexual assault against the four girls on dates between 2002 and 2004.

The man, who has a previous conviction for rape, was then the partner of the girls' mother and was living with them when the sexual assaults occurred.

The eldest victim was aged between 12 and 13 years old when she was abused.

Her three younger sisters were assaulted on one occasion each, with the youngest being seven years old.

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy imposed consecutive sentences totalling 12 years and ordered four-year probation supervision.

The investigating garda said the accused sexually assaulted the eldest daughter on an almost daily basis for a year and a half after moving in with the family in 2001.

The garda said the victim was aged between 12 and 13 at the time. He said the eldest sister never told her mother what happened and experienced flashbacks.

She revealed to a teacher what had happened to her and a complaint was made to gardaí in 2005.

He said the three younger sisters came forward and reported single instances of sexual assault to gardaí.

The prosecution read out victim impact reports from each of the four girls.

The eldest daughter said she left home at 18 as she "couldn't stomach to be in the same house he abused me in".

The second-eldest sister also said the family home was "no longer a happy place".

The defence said the accused man "appreciates the considerable harm done to the lives of these young people".

Irish Independent

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