Saturday 26 May 2018

Child allegedly raped by his father and made to have sex with his mother lived in a "nice house"

The Central Criminal Court
The Central Criminal Court

Conor Gallagher

A child who was allegedly raped by his father and made to have sex with his mother lived in a “nice house” and enjoyed playing with his dad, a jury has been told.

The now 12-year-old boy was giving evidence for the fourth day in the trial of his parents at the Central Criminal Court.

He alleges his father raped him, sexually abused him with a hot poker and forced him to have sex with his mother in their Waterford home over the course of several years from when he was about six years old.

The father is alleged to have filmed some of these incidents and shown them to others. He is further alleged to have held a gun to the child's head and to have left him locked in a box.

The boy's parents face a total of 82 charges of abuse between 2007 and 2011 in Waterford. The father and mother have pleaded not guilty to 16 counts each of sexual exploitation and one charge each of child cruelty.

The mother has also denied 16 counts of sexual assault while the father denies 16 counts of anal rape and 16 counts of sexual assault with a poker.

Under cross-examination from Colman Cody SC, representing his father, the boy said his parents would buy him toys, including a motorised bike. He said he and his father would drive this up and down the driveway and that he enjoyed this.

Referring to photographs of the family home, Mr Cody said “it looks like a nice house, a big house”.

The boy agreed and said that when he turns 18 and “gets a good job” he intends to “spruce the place up a little bit.”

The child said his parents would sometimes buy him toys if he asked for them and that he went on bike rides with them nearly every day after he finished his homework. He agreed that he had a lot of things to play with in his back garden.

He also described picnics and day trips to the beach as well as holidays to other areas of the country. He said his father had a camcorder and would film many family activities.

The trial continues with cross-examination of the child on Monday before Mr Justice Robert Eagar and a jury.

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