Monday 26 September 2016

Victim: 'No reason to run anymore' as abuser jailed

Declan Conlon

Published 10/10/2015 | 02:30

Speaking outside the Central Criminal Court yesterday Padraic Hoban said he was now considering remaining in Ireland, as
Speaking outside the Central Criminal Court yesterday Padraic Hoban said he was now considering remaining in Ireland, as "there's no reason to run away anymore"

A man who was previously convicted for abusing his neighbour's two daughters has been jailed for eight years for the rape and sexual abuse of the same neighbour's son.

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The victim, Padraic Hoban, returned from Australia to attend his abuser John Gannon's trial and sentencing.

Speaking outside the Central Criminal Court yesterday with his parents and sister by his side, Mr Hoban said he was now considering remaining in Ireland, as "there's no reason to run away anymore".

Gannon (71) formerly of Bohea, Co Mayo, had pleaded not guilty to one count of indecent assault, seven counts of sexual assault, four counts of oral rape, one count of anal rape and one count of attempted anal rape of Mr Hoban at his home and locations near his home on dates between 1990 and 1994.

Mr Hoban, who was four when the abuse began and is now 28, issued a statement in which he thanked the jury "for believing the truth of what I endured as a child at the hands of this so-called human being".

He recalled gardai visiting his home to investigate his sisters' abuse but was unable to say anything "for fear of John Gannon".

In 1995 Gannon was jailed for four years for indecently assaulting Mr Hoban's two sisters between 1990 and 1994. In 2010, after attempting suicide, Padraic revealed to his family that he was also abused by Gannon.

In his statement Mr Hoban thanked his family and friends for their love and support. "I have had to live with the hell of this man's appalling crimes for many years. He sought to ruin my life and my family's life. However he has failed for we are better and bigger than him," he said.

Irish Independent

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