Saturday 24 March 2018

I just want dad to admit abuse and go to jail, girl (10) tells court

Emer Connolly

A 10-YEAR-OLD girl who is alleged to have been raped by her father told a social worker: "All I want is for him to admit it and go to jail," a court has been told.

The 50-year-old man is accused of raping the girl between October 1, 2009 and October 22, 2010, in a town in Co Westmeath.

He is also charged with two counts of sexual assault at the same address between the same dates and one count of sexual assault in Co Clare, between October 22 and October 26, 2010.

He faces another charge of inviting the child to observe a pornographic film, between October 1, 2009 and October 22, 2010, in Westmeath. The defendant has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Three interviews the girl took part in with social workers in July and August 2011 were played during the second day of the trial at the Central Criminal Court today. She told a social worker that her father “hurt” her “lots of times”.

She said she was angry that her father didn't tell the truth and said she wants him to admit what happened.

“The first time it happened I was five or six. The last time it happened I was around seven or eight,” she said. “He just said not to tell anyone.”

She said that on one occasion, in the bathroom, her father “told me to feel him”. Asked did anything else happen, she replied, “I can't remember.”

She said she was aged four or five when this happened.

The girl said she was upset by what happened, adding, “I try to do stuff to get it off my mind.”

The girl said that on one occasion at his then home in Westmeath, her father put on a “dirty film”, pulled down her tights and “started feeling me” under her underwear.

She said it felt “bad” and she felt “scared”.

Asked by the social worker how many times something had happened with her father, she said, “Probably around eight times.”

She said something wouldn't happen every time she visited her father as there were other people there at times.

She said she has not visited her father since the alleged incident in Clare in October 2010. She said she would prefer not to see him and said she feels “OK” with that.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of eight men and four women.

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