Wednesday 28 September 2016

Rapist made stepdaughter pregnant twice in years of sex abuse

Nicola Donnelly

Published 30/07/2016 | 02:30

Sentencing the man yesterday, Mr Justice Tony Hunt handed down an 18-year sentence, but suspended the final six years (Stock photo)
Sentencing the man yesterday, Mr Justice Tony Hunt handed down an 18-year sentence, but suspended the final six years (Stock photo)

A pensioner who raped and sexually abused his stepdaughter, resulting in her giving birth to two of his children, has been jailed for 12 years.

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The 69-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 18 counts of raping and sexually abusing the woman on dates between 1974 to 1979 at their home in Cork.

Detective Sergeant Michael Corbett told prosecuting counsel Tim O'Leary SC that the complainant, now a 53-year-old woman, made a statement to gardaí in 2013 in relation to the historical rape and sexual abuse by her stepfather.

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She told gardaí that after her father passed away, the defendant moved into their home with her mother and siblings and eventually he and her mother got married.

The woman said the sexual abuse started when she was 11 years of age when her stepfather would bring her out of her bedroom and onto the landing to have sexual intercourse with her three or four times a week.

She said she dreaded Sunday evenings when her mother went to bingo because her stepfather sexually abused her for the evening.

On other occasions he raped her while her mother was downstairs.

She said she was "gripped with fear" that her mother would come upstairs and see them having sex on the landing.

She said the defendant never worked and was an alcoholic who drank all the money her mother had brought into the house.

At the age of 15, she became pregnant by him and she was very distressed and had to convince people the baby's father was a work colleague.

Following the birth of her baby, she moved out of the house but returned to protect her mother from him.

She said her stepfather continued to rape her weekly and she became pregnant for a second time.

When she gave birth to a baby girl, she said she knew she had to put her up for adoption as she did not want to risk him being around her.

Eventually by the time she was 16 she found the strength to leave home, the court heard.

She said she moved to a different part of the country with her son and never saw "that monster" again.

It was only in 2013, following the death of her son, that she reached a "turning point" and made a complaint to gardai, Det Corbett told prosecuting counsel.

In an emotional victim impact statement, which the woman read out in court, she said: "I was only a little girl when you raped me. I didn't understand what was going on and I cried as it hurt. You warned me not to tell anyone."

Addressing the defendant directly, she said: "I blame you for the loss of my two beautiful children. I carried a secret of giving away my daughter for 30 years."

Sentencing the man yesterday, Mr Justice Tony Hunt handed down an 18-year sentence, but suspended the final six years.

Irish Independent

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