Sunday 11 December 2016

Grandfather gets 13 years for sex abuse

Fiona Ferguson

Published 12/07/2016 | 02:30

A Kerry grandfather has been jailed for 13 years for the sexual abuse of his daughter and two of his granddaughters. Stock picture
A Kerry grandfather has been jailed for 13 years for the sexual abuse of his daughter and two of his granddaughters. Stock picture

A Kerry grandfather, described as a "wolf in sheep's clothing", has been jailed for 13 years for the sexual abuse of his daughter and two of his granddaughters.

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At the Central Criminal Court the father of the youngest victim, who was the first child to report the abuse, urged parents to be vigilant if they had the "slightest inkling that a child was a little off".

He thanked the child's teacher, who had just finished the 'Stay Safe' programme with the class when his daughter revealed her own abuse. Her grandfather, who raped and sexually assaulted the child while babysitting her, had told her it was "their little secret".

The 67-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victims, pleaded guilty to rape and sexual assault of the younger granddaughter on dates between 2011 and 2014, the sexual assault of an older granddaughter on dates between 2011 and 2012, and the sexual assault of his own daughter on dates between 1995 and 1999.

The father of the youngest victim described her grandfather as "a wolf in sheep's clothing".

Irish Independent

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