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'I am a victim but I'm no longer your victim,' survivor says as sex abuser pleads for leniency

Brave Pamela tells others ‘please don’t suffer in silence’

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‘Harrowing’: Top: Pamela McLoughlin with her partner Adrian McEvoy. Photo: Mark Condren

‘Harrowing’: Top: Pamela McLoughlin with her partner Adrian McEvoy. Photo: Mark Condren

Kenneth Tracey

Kenneth Tracey

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‘Harrowing’: Top: Pamela McLoughlin with her partner Adrian McEvoy. Photo: Mark Condren

A brave child sex abuse survivor faced down her attacker in court yesterday and told him: "You took my childhood away from me."

Pamela McLoughlin, who waived her right to anonymity, made the comments at Wicklow Circuit Court at the sentencing hearing of sex offender Kenneth Tracey from Blessington.

Speaking to the Herald after the hearing, Ms McLoughlin said: “It is a relief to finally have my voice heard”, revealing that Tracey will be sentenced at the court next Thursday on the day of her birthday.