A WOMAN whose life "was ruined" by a man who sexually assaulted her over a 10-year period has been awarded €450,000 in damages.
Mr Justice George Bermingham said the appropriate amount of damages former accountant Bernard Delaney must pay Sinead McCarthy Garofalo for the abuse he inflicted on her throughout her childhood was €450,000.
The judge said her account of what had happened to her before and after the abuse was harrowing. The abuse she suffered had "devastated and blighted every aspect of her life".
The abuse meant she found it difficult to form relationships with other people and had ended up abusing alcohol and taking drugs, the judge said.
The abuse had affected not just Sinead but also her parents and her children, he added. He said Sinead's siblings were all high achievers, and he had "every reason" to believe she too would have done well in life had it not for been "for the intervention of Bernard Delaney".
Delaney, with an address at Oaktree Lawn, Castleknock, Dublin, was sentenced to five years imprisonment in 2008 after he pleaded guilty to sexually and indecently assaulting seven girls.
Delaney, now in his 70s, was released over a year ago. He had not opposed the action and it came before the courts for damages assessment.