Wednesday 21 February 2018

Man jailed for having sex with teen at party

Man jailed
Man jailed

By Declan Conlon

A man who had sex with a 15-year-old girl at a party has been jailed for two years at the Central Criminal Court.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, pleaded guilty to one count of defilement of a child on August 4, 2012 at a location in County Meath.

The girl was staying in a friend’s house where there had been an 18th birthday party. The man, who was 21 at the time, was also at the party. He tried to kiss the girl but was told that she was only 15 years old and had a boyfriend.

The girl went to sleep at 2.30am. At 6 am the man came into the room where she was sleeping and had sex with her. 

The girl told her friend about the incident which led to her aunt finding out and informing her parents. She reported the incident to gardai later that day and the man was arrested and questioned. He admitted that he had sex with her and that he had not used a condom.

Initially a trial date was set but the man pleaded guilty in January 2015. He has been in custody since then.

Sentencing the man to three years in prison with the final year suspended, Mr Justice Paul Carney said he had to take into account the man’s guilty plea and his good work ethic, but also he considerable the effect the incident had on the victim. He ordered the man to pay a bond of €1,000 to keep the peace and that he stay away from the victim “in perpetuity”.

The girl told gardai that she had met the man earlier at a hotel but did not know him. She later shared a taxi with him and another girl to the house where the incident occurred.

During the taxi journey the man placed his hands on the legs of both girls. The other girl told him that the victim was only 15 years old.  When she told him that he had a boyfriend, he said that he would not find out.

The man later told a friend of his that he had oral sex with the victim.

In a victim impact statement that was read to the court by Caroline Biggs SC, prosecuting, the girl, now 18, said that she thought of taking her life several times since the incident, and would have but for the support of her family, friends and counsellors.

She said that after the incident she felt “sick at the thought of him being near me” and was worried that people would be “looking at me, talking about me and judging me”. 

Derek Kenneally SC, defending, said that the man is “extremely mindful now of the consequence of his actions” and that he apologised “for the hurt and difficulty and trauma he has caused her and wishes her well”

He told Mr Justice  Carney that the man had a drinking problem since he was 16 and was unemployed since he was 17.

He added that the man had engaged with Alcoholics Anonymous and educational courses since entering custody, and that his guilty plea had spared the victim the trauma of a trial procedure.

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