A CONVICTED sex offender has been jailed for nine years for raping and sexually assaulting a seven-year-old boy in the child's home.
Clive Dwyer (30), of Mill Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, had pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault, three counts of oral rape and one count of anal rape on dates between January 1, 1999, and December 31, 2002.
He was convicted by a jury on all charges at the Central Criminal Court last month
Dwyer has previous convictions from 2003 relating to the buggery and sexual assault of a male child, for which he received a suspended sentence.
He initially admitted to the sexual abuse when interviewed by gardai, but during the trial claimed he had only made the admissions because he had been questioned early in the morning and hadn't yet had a cup of coffee.
Mr Justice George Birmingham said there had been overwhelming evidence against Dwyer and "no expression of remorse or regret" on his part.
He said the offences were "grave" but noted Dwyer had himself been the victim of sexual abuse as a child.
Taking into account his previous sexual convictions, he imposed a nine-year jail term with five years post-release supervision.
This was backdated to when he went into custody.