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Incest mother is convicted of sex assault on her two sons

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

Published 16/07/2008 | 00:00

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A MOTHER was convicted yesterday of incest against her son and of sexually assaulting another son.

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The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had sex with her second eldest son and admitted the "willful" ill-treatment of other children.

During a special sitting of Tullamore Circuit Court in Co Offaly yesterday, the woman (40), from the west of Ireland also pleaded guilty to neglect of six of her children on a number of dates during the period of April 1988 to October 2004.

The woman was remanded on continuing bail while she awaits a sentencing hearing in January 2009.

She appeared in court dressed in a dark pin-striped suit and looked straight ahead while the 10 charges were read out to her during the special sitting. She replied "guilty" to each of the charges. One of the woman's sons was seated in the courtroom for the duration of the hearing.

Judge Miriam Reynolds asked where the children, now aged between 10 and 19 years, were living. "I take it arrangements have been made... I'd like to know what's happening with the children," she enquired.

One of the boys lives with an aunt, while the other children have been in foster care since October 2004, the court heard.

Passport

An investigating garda told the court the mother must continue to reside at an address given to gardai, sign on twice a week at a garda station between 9am and 9pm, surrender her passport and cannot apply for another one.

Bail conditions also state that she must not have "any communication by any manner whatsoever" with any of her children.

The judge said strict bail conditions were in place, and ordered that the woman be remanded on continuing bail until a sentencing hearing in Roscommon in January. A probation and welfare report will be prepared before the next hearing.

Counsel for the accused asked that the preparation of a psychological report be covered by the legal-aid scheme. Extensive medical evidence and psychological evidence is to be prepared before the sentencing hearing in Roscommon.

The court was told this process was going to take a "significant amount of time".

The judge said that very strict bail conditions were in place and had to be "administered and observed by the letter". She also ordered that the children involved in the case "receive all necessary care and counselling".

The judge also said that if the accused was in possession of a passport, it would have to be "surrendered immediately".

Reporting restrictions were outlined in court to protect the identity of the children involved.

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