Sunday 18 March 2018

Man (56) who sexually abused young relative while she was being cared for in his home is jailed

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Fiona Ferguson

A 56-year-old Dublin man who sexually abused a young relative while she was being cared for in his home has been given an eight year sentence.

The man, who can not be identified to protect his victim's identity, was convicted by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury of 43 counts of indecent assault of the girl at his family home between 1983 and 1986. She was between six and nine years old at the time of the abuse.

The court had heard that the abuse occurred while the young girl was being minded by the accused man's mother in their home while her own mother was at work.

Judge Gerard O'Brien noted there was no indication of remorse and the only clear mitigating factor was that the man had no previous convictions of any type.

He imposed an eight year sentence and suspended the final year on strict conditions.

Judge O'Brien told the woman: “I hope this concludes this chapter in your life. I commend you for your courage and honesty in dealing with this matter.”

During the trial the now 38-year-old woman told Lisa Dempsey BL, prosecuting, that the accused man would bring her into the bathroom and lock the door. She said he warned her not to tell anybody.

She told the court she recalled the abuse stopping when another relative moved out of the house.

In her victim impact statement the woman said the accused man had taken away her innocence. She said she had self harmed and was psychologically damaged as a result of the abuse.

Her abuser does not accept the verdict of the jury.

Judge O'Brien noted the accused man had come from a somewhat impoverished background but said this in no way excused his actions.

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