Tuesday 23 January 2018

Six years for man who blackmailed girl (13) to have sex

Criminal Courts of Justice
Criminal Courts of Justice

Fiona Ferguson

A man who blackmailed a 13-year-old girl from his community into having sex with him using a "compromising" photograph has been jailed for six years.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the photograph did not involve nudity and was not especially compromising but due to cultural differences it would have caused problems for the girl if her family had become aware of it.

The girl had sent the picture to a different man but the accused had got hold of it. The man (29), a foreign national who cannot be named to protect his victim's identity, pleaded guilty to three counts of defilement of the child on dates between September and November 2012.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said the offences had a "squalidity" about them and noted that they had caused considerable difficulty for the young woman.

He was taking into account that the victim had failed to receive family support to the extent that one might have hoped.

The judge noted the accused man's guilty plea and that he was not likely to re-offend.

He imposed a two year sentence on each of the three counts and made the sentences consecutive, noting that if they had not been consecutive, the accused would have been punished for only one offence, despite repeating the wrongdoing.

A local garda told Kerida Naidoo SC, prosecuting, that the accused man had been a family friend and had become jealous when the girl got a boyfriend.

He came into possession of a "compromising" photograph of the girl that she had sent to someone else.

The garda said the accused man used the photograph to blackmail her into having sex by telling her that he would show it to her parents.

On three occasions, he arranged to pick her up from school and brought her up to the Dublin mountains, where he had sex with her.

The girl did not want to have sex and told him so.

He told her he would delete the image if she agreed to have sex. The matter was reported to gardaí in December and the man was arrested.

Irish Independent

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