Tuesday 23 April 2019

Mother and two men charged with rape and sexual abuse of her own son and daughter

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Ann Healy

A woman and two men have been charged with the rape and sexual abuse of the woman's two children over a two-year period, following early-morning raids by gardaí at two houses in the west of the country.

All three, who cannot be identified in order to protect the children's identities, were brought in custody before Galway District Court and were granted bail with strict conditions attached.

The 36-year-old woman is charged with four counts of raping her daughter on various dates between October 20, 2012, and October 10, 2013.

She is also charged with the false imprisonment and 10 counts of the sexual exploitation of the girl between the same dates.

The woman is also charged with 10 counts of sexually assaulting the girl and with one charge of reckless endangerment by permitting the girl to be placed in a situation that created a risk to her becoming a victim of sexual abuse.

The woman is further charged with the reckless endangerment of her son on dates between January 1, 2013, and September 3, 2014, by permitting him to be placed in a situation that created a risk to him becoming a victim of sexual abuse.

The woman's 48-year-old partner faces 10 counts of raping the girl and a further 10 counts of raping the boy.

He is also charged with 20 counts of sexual exploitation, 20 counts of sexually assaulting both children, two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of false imprisonment. All of the charges relate to dates between October 20, 2012, and September 3, 2014.

The second man, aged 53, is charged with 20 counts of raping the boy. He is also charged with 10 counts of sexual assault and 10 counts of sexual exploitation of the boy.

The man is also charged with four counts of raping the girl and with a further four counts of sexually assaulting her.

He is further charged with four counts involving the sexual exploitation of the girl. All of the offences are alleged to have occurred at the man's own home during the same dates as above.

Judge Mary Fahy remanded all three accused on bail by consent to appear back before her court again next month for service of books of evidence.

Bail was granted subject to a number of conditions outlined by Judge Fahy.

The judge also imposed reporting restrictions regarding the identities of all three accused to protect the children's identities.

Irish Independent

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