Sunday 30 April 2017

Man (64) was found abusing granddaughter when his wife unexpectedly walked into the room

A harrowing victim impact statement by the man’s family revealed he had unleashed “a total nightmare” on them.
A harrowing victim impact statement by the man’s family revealed he had unleashed “a total nightmare” on them.
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A GRANDFATHER who abused his eight year old granddaughter was jailed for two years for inflicting a total nightmare on his family.

The 64-year-old was discovered abusing the child when his wife unexpectedly walked into a room of their home.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, pleaded guilty before Cork Circuit Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the child who had been left in his care.

The offences occurred at a rural address in Cork between December 2014 and March 2015.

Three of the offences occurred at one address while the fourth occurred at the man’s own home.

A harrowing victim impact statement by the man’s family revealed he had unleashed “a total nightmare” on them.

The family said they felt betrayed by the man’s actions because he had been trusted implicitly by them.

Their sense of hurt and outrage at what happened was exacerbated by the fact the little girl involved had a very good relationship with her grandfather.

There was absolutely no prior indication that the man posed any threat whatsoever to the child.

Shortly after the abuse was discovered, the man threatened to take his own life.

However, his family warned that this would have been taking “the easy way out.”

The family said they now face living with “the nightmare” consequences of his actions.

The court was told the man’s entire family were appalled by what had happened and none now supported him.

He was effectively rendered homeless as a result.

No explanation for the abuse was offered and the court heard that both the man’s family and gardai were totally baffled by his actions The man was told the abuse was very serious and represented a grave breach of trust.

However, the court noted both his early plea and remorse.

The man was jailed for four years with the final two years suspended.

The Prison Service was asked to note the man’s repeat threats to self harm.

He will now be included on the Sex Offenders Register.

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