Saturday 21 October 2017

Mum used daughter for sexual exploitation

Brian McDonald

A MOTHER has admitted using her young daughter for sexual exploitation, and a string of charges involving the abuse of the child.

The 47-year-old woman admitted 12 charges, including sexual assault, wilful neglect or ill treatment, as well as using her daughter for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

At Roscommon Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Tony Hunt imposed reporting restrictions to ensure that neither the accused woman nor her child could be identified in media reports.

The accused pleaded guilty to five charges of sexually assaulting her daughter -- a child in law -- on various dates from 2004 to 2008. She admitted two charges of using her child for sexual exploitation in 2007 and 2008.

In addition, she pleaded guilty to five counts of wilfully assaulting, ill-treating, neglecting or abandoning her daughter in a manner likely to cause or expose her to unnecessary suffering on dates between 2004 and 2008. All of the offences took place in the west of Ireland.

Prosecuting barrister Phillip Rahn asked Judge Hunt to request a victim impact statement and that the necessary notification would be made under the Sexual Offenders' Act.

The accused's legal team also sought a psychiatric assessment report and asked the judge to direct the preparation of a probation and welfare report.

Acceding to the applications, Judge Hunt remanded the mother on continuing bail until her sentencing hearing in the new year.

Irish Independent

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