Wednesday 1 March 2017

Women sexually abused by neighbour get €4.7m damages

Aodhan O'Faolain

TWO women who were repeatedly raped and sexually abused by a neighbour, described in court as a monster and an evil paedophile, when they were schoolgirls have been awarded a total of €4.7m damages by juries in the High Court.

The awards were made to Geraldine Nolan (nee Forbes, seen left in picture) and Jacqueline O'Toole (right in picture) who sued Joseph Carrick who the juries found had sexually assaulted and raped them during the early Seventies, commencing when they 12 and 13 years of age.

This evening a jury awarded her €4m against Carrick, while today a jury awarded Mrs Nolan €700,000 also against Carrick.

Barrister Richard Lyons SC for the women, cousins and friends since childhood, said they were "systematically raped and dominated by this monster" and what Carrick put them through during their childhood was "beyond comprehension." Carrick he added was a "evil paedophile"

The High Court heard that the abuse had a devastating effect on their lives. Jacqueline O'Toole said she become pregnant at 15 years of age as a result of being raped by Carrick and gave up her infant daughter for adoption.

Carrick (now aged 72) with an address at Carysfort Woods, Blackrock, Co Dublin but orignally from Creighton Street in Dublin City Centre did not contest the actions against him and was not present in court during the trials.

In two separate trials heard by different juries, presided over by Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne, both Mrs Nolan and Mrs O'Toole said that on a many occasions between 1970 and 1973 they were raped and indecently assaulted by Carrick.

Both women, now in their mid fifties were 12 years of age the when the rapes began. They both knew Carrick after joining a local church choir.

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