Sunday 17 December 2017

Man raped partner's two sons and made them commit incest with each other, court told

Conor Gallagher

A Wicklow man is to be sentenced next year for raping and sexually assaulting two boys hundreds of times and for making them commit incest with each other.

The 51-year-old, who was their mother's partner, also had his friend sexually abuse one of the boys and abused both of them in front of another male relative.

“I don’t know how many times (the accused) abused me, it seemed like millions of time,” one victim said. “Some people had cereal for breakfast, I seemed to be molested for breakfast.”

The victims have told the court that they wish to waive their anonymity so their step-father can be named publicly.

However, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said the anonymity orders remain in place for the time being.

The man pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 165 counts of rape and sexual assault against one boy and 40 similar offences against his brother between 1993 and 2003 at his Wicklow home.

During interviews with gardaí he accepted that he was a “paedophile rapist” and described his offending as “shameful, horrendous, appalling, diabolical”.

Michael O'Higgins SC, defending, said his client wished to express his “deepest, sincere and profound sorrow” to the victims.

He said the man had himself being subjected to widespread and wholesale sexual abuse as a child from people in his own peer group and from people in positions of trust.

He said this abuse had skewed the moral line that would normally be “naturally instilled” in a person growing up.

In powerful victim impact reports the victims outlined the effects of the abuse.

Mr Justice Hunt adjourned sentencing to February to allow the Probation Services the necessary time to carry out an assessment of the accused.

The elder victim, who is now aged in his thirties, said he has been left with no confidence in himself.

His brother said he is living now what can only be described as “hell on earth”.

The elder victim went to gardaí last year and told them he had been abused since the age of nine when the accused moved in with them.

The man would do this every time he got the chance and it could occur up to three of four times a day.

It became so frequent that the accused didn't need to say anything - he would simply nod or gesture when he wanted to abuse the child.

On one occasion he brought the boy to his friend's house where both he and his friend molested him.

On another date he abused both boys in front of another relative before having sex with the relative and telling the children that “this is how it's done.”

The elder victim told gardaí that he always abused him when his mother was in the house. “I think he used to get off on the thrill of nearly getting caught,” he said.

He said the man would have the two boys perform sexual acts on each other while he watched.

The accused also told the elder boy he could get him money if he was willing for perform such acts with other men.

“I used to feel sorry for (the accused),” the eldest victim told gardaí. “I used to think it happened to him and now it was happening to me.”

The man began abusing the younger victim from when he was seven years old.

He said he felt like he was abused “millions of times.” Sometimes afterwards the man would give him money and tell him to go and play.

The accused was arrested last year and made admissions in interview but initially denied rape.

He said the abuse started because he was having marriage difficulties and was not having sex with his wife.

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