Irish dancer who sued teacher for sex abuse wins €400k
Published 05/07/2011 | 13:59
An Irish dancer who was sexually abused over a seven year period by her teacher was today awarded €400,000 by the High Court in Dublin.
Two criminal cases against the man failed when both juries disagreed on a verdict. His victim then sued him in civil court.
Mr Justice Sean Ryan said today that the woman, now aged 41, had established on the balance of probabilities that the dancing teacher had committed acts of sexual abuse against her.
Her evidence was coherent, consistent, credible and detailed, the Judge said.
The woman was subjected to the abuse between 1982 and 1989 when she was aged between 12 and 19.
The man, who denied the allegations, claimed through his legal team that the delay prevented her in taking the civil action.
However, the Judge ruled that as she had suffered a severe psychological injury as a result of the abuse this affected her ability to take the legal case.
Evidence was heard that the woman is suffering from severe post traumatic stress disorder as a result of the abuse.
The man was charged with 24 counts of indecent assault and underwent two trials in which juries were unable to reach a verdict. After the second trial, the State decided not to pursue the matter and in April 2007 entered a nolle prosequi.