Tuesday 12 December 2017

Father jailed for neglect and abuse of daughter (6)

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

A FATHER who allowed a paedophile into the home he shared with his children has been jailed for sexually abusing and neglecting his daughter.

The little girl was exposed to alcohol, pornography and people having sex when she was as young as six.

Yesterday, her 46-year-old father, who cannot be named, was found guilty of three counts of sexual abuse and one count of the wilful neglect of his child.

A judge sent him to jail to await sentencing in the New Year. The man was also placed on the Sex Offenders' Register.

His daughter, now aged 12, had given evidence by video link to the Circuit Court in the midlands regarding the offences, which happened between September 2004 and May 2006.

The court heard how the man let a paedophile, who had been convicted in England, frequent the family home and become 'friends' with his son.

While the little girl was living with her father, she was underweight and had lice in her hair. Her school principal arranged to give the child lunch every day because she would only bring biscuits to school.

She is now in the care of foster parents since 2006.

The girl said she was "six or seven" when the abuse happened. She described how her father "used to drink and bring Travellers into the house".

The court heard how the accused man was of "low intelligence" and would be "unable to live independently without familial support". However, he had been granted custody of his two children after his wife failed to show up for the hearing in 2000.

His daughter recalled how a man used to call to the house and bring her brother "off". The girl said her brother was a friend of this man's and went to his house "a lot".

When questioned by the prosecution, the girl said her father did "bad things" to her. She spelt out S-E-X before explaining: "He got up on me. He used to pull down my pants and stick his privates into mine."

Her father told the court: "I never touched my daughter in my life. I have been around kids all my life. I never touched her."


The man said his daughter was the "loveliest child" who had a "heart of gold". He admitted his daughter would have seen him drinking but said his mother would call to the house to wash her hair and he'd give the children stews.

The child explained that she had seen her father and mother having sex once -- and also her cousin and his girlfriend.

The man said he should have "provided better care" for his daughter after the court heard how the girl was exposed to alcohol, pornography and people having sex.

The accused man's stepfather told the court "undesirables" often frequented the house. "He wasn't physically or mentally strong enough to keep them from his home," he said.

The jury found the man guilty of the three counts of sexual abuse and one count of wilful neglect of his daughter.

Irish Independent

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