Saturday 21 September 2019

Abused man urges victims to 'speak out and save lives'

Sentencing: Anthony Moynihan (54), of Rostellan, Midleton, Co Cork, leaving court yesterday. Photo: Collins Courts
Sentencing: Anthony Moynihan (54), of Rostellan, Midleton, Co Cork, leaving court yesterday. Photo: Collins Courts

Sonya McLean

A 23-year-old man, who waived his right to anonymity so his rapist could be named, has urged other abuse victims to come forward as "it may save lives".

Dylan Higgins read his own victim impact statement into the record during the sentencing of Anthony Moynihan (54) at the Central Criminal Court.

Moynihan, of Croccane, Rostellan, Midleton, Co Cork, had previously pleaded guilty to two charges of anal rape and two counts of sexually assaulting Mr Higgins on dates between September 9, 2006 and June 27, 2008.

Moynihan has three previous convictions for sexually assaulting two young girls in 2008 and 2009 for which he received a suspended sentence.

Mr Justice Michael White, who adjourned sentencing to June 21, paid tribute to Mr Higgins for his "tremendous courage" in reporting the abuse and giving evidence in court.

Mr Higgins concluded his victim impact statement by stating: "I urge people who were abused to come forward, it may save lives."

Irish Independent

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