Sunday 21 October 2018

Paedophile sports coach appeals severity of sentence

'The three-judge court heard the sentencing judge imposed consecutive 17 month sentences in respect of each of the victims' (stock photo)
'The three-judge court heard the sentencing judge imposed consecutive 17 month sentences in respect of each of the victims' (stock photo)

Ruaidhri Giblin

The judge who sentenced paedophile Bill Kenneally for abusing 10 teenage boys in the 1980s seemed "vengeful" and inappropriately addressed his mind to redress for victims, his lawyers have told the Court of Appeal.

Former sports coach Kenneally (67), of Summerville Avenue, Waterford city, had pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting 10 boys at various locations in Waterford in the 1980s. Kenneally was originally charged with 70 counts spanning dates in the 1970s and 1980s.

He was sentenced at Waterford Circuit Criminal Court to 14 years and two months imprisonment by Judge Eugene O'Kelly in February 2016.

The Court of Appeal reserved judgment on Kenneally's appeal against the severity of his sentence yesterday.

The three-judge court heard the sentencing judge imposed consecutive 17 month sentences in respect of each of the victims.

Kenneally's barrister, Michael Counihan SC, submitted the sentencing judge decided he was going to give Kenneally "14 years" and he built in everything that he could to reach that "pre-determined" point.

Irish Independent

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