Monday 19 August 2019

Man's conviction for rape of granddaughter quashed

‘Appalled’: Leanne Murphy leaves court after hearing her grandfather Christopher Redmond’s conviction for raping her when she was a child had been quashed. Photo: Collins Courts
‘Appalled’: Leanne Murphy leaves court after hearing her grandfather Christopher Redmond’s conviction for raping her when she was a child had been quashed. Photo: Collins Courts

Ruaidhri Giblin

A 75-year-old man has had his conviction for raping his granddaughter quashed after reports were obtained to determine whether he was fit to stand trial more than a year ago.

Christopher Redmond, of Rathvilly Drive, Finglas, Dublin 11, was found in recent weeks to have had a severe form of dementia for some time "with no prospect of recovery".

An earlier report, prepared prior to his trial early last year, found him to have a mild cognitive impairment but there was nothing to suggest he was unfit to be tried at that time, the Court of Appeal was told.

Redmond's granddaughter, Leanne Murphy, spoke outside court to say she was "appalled" by the outcome.

Redmond had pleaded not guilty to four counts of rape and five counts of sexually assaulting his granddaughter at the Tolka Valley pitch and putt club, where Redmond worked, in Finglas on dates between January 2002 and May 2004.

Ms Murphy, who waived her right to anonymity so that his details could be published, was aged between seven and nine at the time of the alleged abuse.

He was found guilty by a Central Criminal Court jury following a trial in early 2018 and sentenced to five years imprisonment by Ms Justice Úna Ní Raifeartaigh on April 27, 2018.

President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice George Birmingham said the medical reports set out the position in "very clear and stark terms". He noted the DPP was not opposing the appeal.

Irish Independent

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