Thursday 22 March 2018

'Some had cereal for breakfast - but I was molested'

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Conor Gallagher

The two victims of a paedophile have described the "harrowing" effects of the abuse that "robbed" them of their childhoods.

"I don't know how many times (the accused) abused me, it seemed like millions of times," one victim said.

"Some people had cereal for breakfast, I seemed to be molested for breakfast."

A Wicklow man is to be sentenced next year for raping and sexually assaulting the two boys hundreds of times and for making them commit incest with each other.

The 51-year-old, who was their mother's partner, also had his friend sexually abuse one of the boys and abused both of them in front of another male relative.

In their powerful victim impact reports, the two victims outlined the effects of the abuse.

One victim, now aged in his 30s, said: "From the age of nine, when the abuse started, I felt confused and frightened at what was happening. He made it seem like it was normal but something was telling me it wasn't normal.

"When I realised it wasn't, I felt embarrassment and shame. I had to keep it a secret. I would dread finishing school and having to go home.

"I feel like he robbed me of my childhood."

His brother said he is living now what can only be described as "hell on earth".

On another date he abused both boys in front of another relative before having sex with the relative and telling the children that "this is how it's done".

The victims have told the court that they wish to waive their anonymity so that their abuser can be named publicly.

However, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said the anonymity orders would remain in place for the time being.


The man pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 165 counts of rape and sexual assault against one boy and 40 similar offences against his brother.

All the offences were carried out between 1993 and 2003 at his Wicklow home.

During interviews with gardaí, he accepted that he was a "paedophile rapist" and described his offending as "shameful, horrendous, appalling, diabolical".

Michael O'Higgins SC, defending, said his client wished to express his "deepest, sincere and profound sorrow" to the victims.

He said the man had himself been subjected to widespread and wholesale sexual abuse as a child from people in his own peer group and from people in positions of trust.

The older victim went to gardaí last year and told them he had been abused since the age of seven when the accused moved in with them.

Irish Independent

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