Tuesday 23 January 2018

Clive Dwyer gets nine years for sexually abusing seven-year-old

Niamh Griffin and Conor Gallagher

A CONVICTED sex offender has been jailed for nine years for raping and sexually assaulting a seven year-old boy in the child’s Kildare home ten years ago.

Clive Dwyer (30) 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 31 December 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 had a cup of coffee yet.

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 has 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

Earlier Garda Martin Long said the assaults had turned the young boy into a recluse who didn’t play sport or want to play with his friends. The boy spent a lot of time on his own, and only understood the rape was not his fault during the trial, the garda said.

He agreed with Remy Farrell SC, defending, that Dwyer, of Mill Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, had himself been abused as a boy of fourteen by an adult male who was convicted for this.

Dwyer’s victim is now 17-years-old. Dwyer was a Leaving Certificate Student at the time of the offence.

Mr Farrell said: “Mr Dwyer has maintained his innocence and has never shown any remorse.”

He was convicted on the fourth day of the trial following 3 hours and 35 minutes of deliberation.

The jury of seven men and five women found Dwyer guilty by unanimous verdict on all counts of sexual assault and oral rape, and guilty by a majority verdict on the count of anal rape.

Dwyer was registered as a sex offender on that date.

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