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Stay on half a million euro award to rape victim pending appeal - High Court


The Four Courts in Dublin

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A man found by a High Court jury to have raped a young girl over several years has obtained a stay on a €493,000 award against him pending appeal.

Michael Boyce (70)  has also consented to a judgment mortgage being registered against his property pending any appeal against the award.

On foot of that undertaking given on his behalf, Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley agreed to place a stay on the €493,000 award to Caroline McNamee pending any appeal by Boyce against the award. He has 28 days to lodge an appeal.

Matthias Kelly SC, for Ms McNamee, undertook on her behalf not to take steps aimed at securing a sale of Boyce's property pending any appeal. The judge was told Boyce is a farm labourer and the house is his only asset.

A High Court jury made the €493,000 award to Ms McNamee (39), formerly with an address in Mullingar but now living in England, against Boyce (70), a father of three from Rathconrath, Mullingar. He is a relative of Ms McNamee.

In her action, Ms McNamee claimed Boyce raped and sexually assaulted her regularly over several years, beginning in 1979 when she was aged four. The assaults included buggery and forced oral sex and occurred in her home, Boyce's family home and his van, she said.

Boyce had denied her claims.

Ms McNamee made a complaint to the gardai in 1995 and a formal statement in February 1996. Boyce was convicted in connection with the assaults in early 1999 and jailed for three years.

Ms McNamee later brought her High Court civil action and the court heard the assaults had "utterly robbed" Ms McNamee of her childhood and destroyed her life.

Ms McNamee said she had suffered post traumatic stress disorder and ongoing stress and anxiety. She had moved to the UK after Boyce was convicted but continued to suffer stress and anxiety in her personal relationships with men.

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