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Radio Dublin founder dubbed 'Cookie Monster'

Published 11/06/2016 | 02:40

Eamon Cooke: jailed in 2007 (Picture: Courtpix)
Eamon Cooke: jailed in 2007 (Picture: Courtpix)

Pirate radio station DJ Eamon Cooke was nicknamed ‘The Cookie Monster’ by his terrified young victims.

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Cooke (79), who established Radio Dublin, was found guilty of abusing girls at his home in the city in the 1970s.

In 2007, he was found guilty of 42 counts of abuse – targeting girls as young as seven. Cooke would give his victims money – “sometimes even 50p” – after the horrific sex acts.

One of the women told the court how she used to lie awake at night convinced she had “a baby inside her”. Father-of-11 Cooke even staged an arson attack on the home of one of his victims after she told gardaí about the attacks. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail in 2007.

One of his victims became extremely distressed after the sentence had been read out and shouted at Cooke: “I hope you rot in hell.”

“Eamon Cooke is a sexual predator motivated by his desire for small children and that is what he is and that is what he always will be,” one of his victims said in her victim impact statement.

He had pleaded not guilty to all of the charges during his 2007 trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Cooke, with an address in Tallaght, was granted temporary release from Arbour Hill prison.

He had been staying in a Dublin hospice over the past few weeks because of his deteriorating health. He died late last week.

Irish Independent

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