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Sex abuser put house in wife's name after trial date was set

Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

Published 27/11/2012 | 05:00

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THE retired company director at the centre of a landmark sexual abuse award transferred his upmarket family home to his wife two weeks after the High Court set a date for his civil trial.

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Last week, Jacqueline O'Toole, who was raped and fell pregnant by Joseph Carrick when she was a schoolgirl, was awarded a record €4m in damages.

Her cousin and best friend Geraldine Nolan, who was also raped and abused by Carrick (76), received €700,000 in damages from a separate High Court jury.

The Irish Independent has learnt that the married father of five, who has been ordered not to reduce his assets below €5m, transferred his Carysfort Woods, Blackrock home in Dublin to his wife Angela on February 23, 2007.

Opportunity

The house represented one of the best opportunities for the women to execute their judgments, but it is now feared that other assets in Mr Carrick's extensive property portfolio may also be beyond reach.

The transfer of the Carysfort Woods home, in consideration of Carrick's "natural love and affection" which he bore for his wife, was made two weeks after Carrick was notified that the High Court had set a date for the civil action taken by the two women.

The women first complained to gardai in 2004 and filed a civil action shortly after.

Lawyers notified the High Court in March 2005 that they would represent Carrick in the civil cases.

The civil action was not heard until last week, however, as it was deferred pending the outcome of criminal charges against Carrick, who is facing a third civil action by a man who claims he was sexually abused by Carrick in the 1970s.

The Director of Public Prosecutions tried four times to prosecute Carrick, who was described in the High Court as "a monster" and "an evil paedophile".

In the first two trials, the charges were withdrawn and juries in the third and fourth could not reach a verdict.

In October, the DPP told Carrick, who denied the charges, that she would not be proceeding with any further trials.

Carrick is believed to have received €1m in 2009 from the sale of his half-share in a shipping company and may hold up to six pensions.

His victims, who were both diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, also believe he owns his family home, apartments, a bungalow and a half-share in a farm.

Irish Independent

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