Saturday 17 February 2018

Man who preyed on daughter for own 'sexual gratification' jailed for seven years

Judge's gavel.
Judge's gavel.

Declan Conlon and Mary McDonnell

A man who preyed on his daughter for his own “sexual gratification” has been jailed for seven years.

The 47-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the victim's identify, raped and molested the child between 2004 and 2008 when she was aged between six and ten years old.

He pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to one count of rape, one count of oral rape and six counts of sexual assault.

Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan described the abuse as “vile and terrible acts perpetrated against an innocent child”.

“She was defenceless and vulnerable. Her father preyed on his own innocent daughter for his own sexual gratification,” she said.

“He beached her trust and, as stated in her victim impact statement, ‘took away her innocence as a child’. The facts of this case are most distressing.”

The victim had previously said she did not want her father to go to prison and that although she knew that what her father did was wrong, part of her missed him every day.

In a victim impact statement, the girl said the last few years had been incredibly upsetting for her and her mother.

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