Tuesday 21 November 2017

Kildare teen ‘sexually experimented’ on five-year-old cousin after unsuccessful relationship – courts

Conor Gallagher

A KILDARE teen “sexually experimented” on his five-year-old cousin after an unsuccessful relationship with an older girlfriend the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The accused, who is now 25, will be sentenced next Tuesday for orally raping the child on several occasions in his home. Mr Justice Paul Carney said the fact that he used her to “experiment” on is “head and shoulders above anything I’ve dealt with before.”

The judge said the suggestion was that this happened because of a failed sexual encounter with the accused’s former girlfriend which caused her to break up with him.

The court heard the accused is due to inherit €40,000 and that this could be used as compensation. The victim rejected this but Mr Justice Carney said it is open to the prosecution to have this money frozen ahead of any civil proceedings.

The man pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault at his Kildare home during 2003. All involved blinding the child and getting her to perform oral sex.

After the hearing today Mr Justice Carney remanded him in custody ahead of sentencing.

The court heard the accused completed his Leaving Certificate, achieved a college degree and now has a good job.

In a victim impact report read by the victim’s mother, the girl said she continues to suffer while her abuser has gone on to live a successful life.

She stated that after the abuse she felt relief that she would never suffer at the accused’s hands again but that she has faced “dark days” since. She has self-harmed on multiple occasions which have sometimes required hospitalisation.

She is attending counselling but this is of limited benefit and she is traumatised by having to relive the abuse for the investigation and court hearing.

Her mother read that the girl is “of the strong opinion that she will never become a mother as one cannot keep a child safe in this world.”

Prosecuting counsel Mary Rose Gearty SC told the judge that the Director of Public Prosecutions views the abuse as been on the severe end of the scale because of the age of the victim.

Caroline Biggs SC, defending, urged the court not to impose a non-custodial sentence and to note her client’s early guilty plea and remorse.

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