Sunday 18 March 2018

Man avoids jail for sex assault on young niece

A MAN who was 14 when he engaged in sexual activity with his six-year-old niece has avoided a jail term.

The now 21-year-old Limerick man was charged with defilement and convicted in April.

Judge Patrick McCartan said that an immediate custodial sentence was not required. He imposed a three-year sentence and suspended it for five years.

The accused had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

A garda told the court that the accused was babysitting the girl when he committed the act in 2006. In 2008, the girl made a complaint and an investigation began.

The court heard he has six previous convictions for drug possession, trespass, theft and criminal damage.

Irish Independent

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