Monday 23 January 2017

Paedophile pensioner gets 13 years

Sonya McLean and Fiona Ferguson

Published 11/11/2016 | 02:30

Patrick O’Brien was given a 13-year sentence. Pic Collins Courts.
Patrick O’Brien was given a 13-year sentence. Pic Collins Courts.

A former lay worker with the Church of Ireland has been jailed for 13 years for the rape and molestation of 14 young boys over the course of 40 years.

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Patrick O'Brien (76) of Knocklyon Road, Templeogue, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 48 sample counts of indecent assault and three counts of sexual assault.

The offences took place between 1974 and 2013 at locations including on a boat in Loughrea, Co Galway, and at St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.

Judge Melanie Greally said the victims' ages ranged from seven to 16.

She noted that no location could be considered safe by the children and the presence of nearby adults did not afford the victims any protection from O'Brien's "predatory actions".

The judge imposed consecutive sentences totalling 13 years which she backdated to July.

Speaking outside court, Det Superintendent Declan Daly commended the victims, saying: "I hope their bravery will send a message to all other victims who may come forward in historical cases and report their complaints to An Garda Síochána."

Irish Independent

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