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Man jailed for 12 years over abuse of teen nephew

A 68-year-old Dublin man has been given a 12-year sentence at the Central Criminal Court for the sexual abuse of his nephew over 20 years ago.

The man, who can not be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty to 44 counts which included 11 counts of rape at locations in Dublin and Mayo between 1989 and 1992. A jury last month convicted the man on 42 of the charges.

The boy was aged between 13 and 16 years old at the time of the offences.

Mr Justice Barry White told the accused that he was guilty of an "appalling breach of trust." He imposed concurrent sentences totalling 12 years and suspended the final two years.

He ordered 18 months' post-release supervision and registered the man as a sex offender.

Detective Garda Tom Stack told Isobel Kennedy, prosecuting, that the boy was sexually abused while he stayed overnight at his uncle's house between 1989 and 1992, during a holiday in Mayo and in a car in the Phoenix Park.

Det Gda Stack said there had also been evidence that the accused had set up a camera at one stage to watch the images while abusing the boy.

The now 35-year-old injured party, in his victim impact statement, said he did not think he had allowed himself to acknowledge the effect the abuse has had on him. He said he had drank to excess and been out of control in his youth.

The man said he did not feel strong enough to go to the gardai until 2008, but still found it difficult and felt responsible "as if it were my fault."

He addressed his uncle directly and told him the abuse had changed his life forever.

"Did you think you were going to get away with it?" he asked. "I see what you are now – an overbearing, preying, bully."

Hugh Hartnett, defending, asked Mr Justice White to consider the fact that any sentence imposed on a man of his client's age would have a very grave punitive aspect.

Irish Independent