Saturday 1 October 2016

Serial child rape claims probed

Published 10/04/2016 | 02:30

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Gardai

A senior garda has been appointed to examine allegations by a woman that she was the victim of a paedophile ring and gave birth to twins, one of them stillborn, fourteen years ago.

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The Detective Inspector has been appointed to take over investigation of the case which was being handled until last month by local gardai in a garda district outside Dublin.

The woman making the allegations, now in her mid-twenties, says she was systematically raped by male members of her family and a family friend whose wife, she says, was also involved in what she describes as a "paedophile ring".

She says she was first abused by her grandfather after she was put into his care at the age of two.

She says following abuse by other family members, she became pregnant and gave birth to twin boys at the age of 12 in 2002. She says the second twin was stillborn and disposed of, she believes, in a domestic black bin.

The woman claims her live child was taken from her and, she believes, illegally fostered with another family. She also believes her father arranged this through contacts in a sporting organisation.

She says she suppressed her abuse and suffered ­suicidal feelings and ­committed self harm as she gained third-level qualifications.

The woman said she first went to the gardai in February last year and for the first six months of the investigation she says only one female garda had sole responsibility for investigating her story of serial rape and the birth of twin boys. She said after about six months another male garda became part of the investigation.

Sunday Independent

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