Saturday 20 January 2018

Man jailed for a year over sex assaults on teens

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

A SEPARATED father of three who sexually assaulted two teenage girls and sexually exploited two 13-year-old boys has been jailed for a year.

One of Joe Gamble's young victims described the abuse she suffered as a "complete and utter nightmare", while another said she lived in fear of bumping into him on the street.

Gamble (54), below, of Castlepark, Upper Park Road, Killarney, Co Kerry, was sentenced to four years in total at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court, but Judge Carroll Moran suspended the final three years and bound Gamble to the peace for four years.

His teenage victims were in court yesterday for the sentencing. They were aged between 13 and 15 years at the time the offences occurred at his home between 2010 and 2011.

One of his female victims, who was 14 at the time, had passed out at his home after consuming alcohol he had given her.

The other female victim claimed he had grabbed her by the breast and called her inappropriate nicknames of a sexual nature.

She had also received unwanted contact from him on Facebook and by text message.

The boys were both aged 13 when he invited them to view "hard pornography".

NIGHTMARES

Gamble was convicted in November by a majority jury following a seven-day trial.

In their victim impact statements submitted to the court, one of the teenagers said she still experienced nightmares any time she saw Gamble.

The teenage boys said they had not been affected by the experience.

The court heard Gamble had four previous convictions, but none of the previous convictions was for a sexual crime.

Outlining the mitigating factors, Judge Moran said the offences were not among the most serious and it was not alleged he had touched the genital areas of any of the complainants.

He said there were problems with the teenagers before Gamble had come on the scene and although he had given them alcohol, he hadn't introduced them to drink.

He also said the boys admitted to having watched pornography before and while it was inappropriate for Gamble to have shown it to them, he had not introduced them to pornography for the first time.

Irish Independent

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