Thursday 8 December 2016

'Stop Daddy, stop' -- court told of boy's cry for help

Ciaran Byrne

Published 10/02/2010 | 05:00

"Stop Daddy, stop, you're hurting me." This was the cry allegedly heard by a witness as a father allegedly raped his son.

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The witness had also seen what the 52-year-old man -- accused of 47 counts of rape and sexual assault and neglecting the child -- was wearing.

"He was wearing nothing but a dressing gown," said the witness in the Central Criminal Court.

"He (the man) was lying on top . . . he (the boy ) was face down on his stomach," the witness, who has immunity from prosecution, added.

There was no screaming but the witness was adamant about remembering the sounds of the boy again crying out "Daddy, stop!"

The witness recalled confronting the man with the words, "What the hell are you doing?" and the man, said the witness, replied: "Get out of here."

The man sat impassively yesterday as the evidence was heard. David Goldberg, defence counsel, put it to the witness that the boy, now aged 20, had mentioned nothing about his anguished cries in his evidence.

Thumping the table, the barrister added: "There is nothing in . . . evidence which says he said 'Stop Daddy'." The witness replied: "I heard him on numerous occasions say it."

Mr Goldberg persisted: "You didn't hear him scream?" The witness replied: "I heard him cry."

The words echoed around the chamber of court 19, in the new Criminal Courts of Justice.

The west of Ireland man denies all the charges, which are alleged to have taken place over a three-year period between 2001 and 2004.

The man was arrested at his home by gardai on December 21, 2004. Taken to a garda station, he was asked about the allegations made by his son.

"Do you know that your son has made a complaint of buggery to me?" the investigating garda asked him, according to a transcript of their interview.

He asked the man why his son kept a knife under his bed. "Why would a young fella have a knife under his mattress?"

"Isn't it possible that if you came near him he would plunge it into you?" asked the garda, who added a "day of reckoning" might have been coming.

"No," said the man, who added he did not know why his son would make allegations of abuse.



Denial

He denied touching his son. "I never did anything . . ."

He denied the accusation of rape too. "You would have to be a pure sick, deranged animal to do that," the man told gardai.

Prosecuting counsel Delia Flynn questioned Dr Peter Keenan, a consultant pediatrician at Temple Street Children's Hospital, Dublin and a child abuse expert.

The court has heard that the boy, who accuses the father of the offences, was not sent to a doctor for examination when the allegations were first made.

Did the forced rape of somebody always leave bruising, lacerations or residual marks?

"No, not necessarily," said the doctor.

The case continues.

Irish Independent

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