Monday 18 November 2019

'Monster' raped me daily from age 11 - woman

Majella Cahill waived her anonymity in court
Majella Cahill waived her anonymity in court

Sonya McLean

A woman who was repeatedly raped by her mother's partner when she was a child has told how her attacker "became a monster in my mind".

Majella Cahill waived her right to anonymity so that rapist Henry Crowe (57), with addresses at Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin, and Tirellan Heights, Galway city, could be named.

Crowe yesterday received a 12-year sentence with the final two years suspended after he pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to five sample charges of raping Ms Cahill on dates between November 23, 1988, and December 31, 1992, when she was aged between 11 and 15.

Ms Cahill told the court how, as a three-year-old, she went to live with her father's parents before returning to Galway to live with her mother's parents when she was seven.

She said her grandfather, who has since died, sexually abused her in that house.

When she was 11, Crowe started a relationship with her mother. He began to rape her on a daily basis.

Describing her "horrible and disgusting childhood", she said: "We were left on our own, hungry and dirty. I was neglected by my mother."

She said social services were involved with the family but her mother would "clean and feed us" when she knew they were visiting.

Ms Cahill said when she first told her mother about Crowe raping her, she called the child "a p**** teaser" and said that Ms Cahill had wanted Crowe for herself.

"She always claimed I was lying. She started beating me when I told her about the abuse."

Referring to Crowe, she said: "He became a monster in my mind."

She said her mother blamed her when her relationship with Crowe broke down and he returned to live in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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