Wednesday 21 February 2018

Teenager who 'sexually experimented' on cousin (5) is jailed

Conor Gallagher

A KILDARE teen who “sexually experimented” on his five year old cousin after an unsuccessful relationship with an older girlfriend has been given a six year sentence.

Mr Justice Paul Carney had commented at the sentence hearing last week that the fact that he used her to “experiment” on is “head and shoulders above anything I’ve dealt with before.”


The judge said the suggestion was that the abuse happened because of a failed sexual encounter with the accused’s former girlfriend which caused her to break up with him.


The court heard the accused is due to inherit €40,000 and that this could be used as compensation. The victim rejected this but Mr Justice Carney said it is open to the prosecution to have this money frozen ahead of any civil proceedings.


The now 25 year old man pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to three counts of sexual assault at his Kildare home during 2003. All involved blind folding the child and getting her to perform oral sex.


Mr Justice Carney imposed a six year sentence but suspended the final three years on strict conditions. He said the court had to have regard to the rehabilitation of a young offender as well as the punitive element of sentencing.


The court heard the accused completed his Leaving Certificate, achieved a college degree and now has a good job.


In a victim impact report read by the victim’s mother, the girl said she continues to suffer while her abuser has gone on to live a successful life.


She stated that after the abuse she felt relief that she would never suffer at the accused’s hands again but that she has faced “dark days” since. She has self-harmed on multiple occasions which have sometimes required hospitalisation.


She is attending counselling but this is of limited benefit and she is traumatised by having to relive the abuse for the investigation and court hearing.


Her mother read that the girl is “of the strong opinion that she will never become a mother as one cannot keep a child safe in this world.”


Prosecuting counsel Mary Rose Gearty SC told the judge that the Director of Public Prosecutions views the abuse as been on the severe end of the scale because of the age of the victim.


Caroline Biggs SC, defending, urged the court not to impose a non-custodial sentence and to note her client’s early guilty plea and remorse.

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