Monday 14 October 2019

Vigilantes target home of man who attacked communion girls

Aidan Anthony Leacy outside Cork Circuit Criminal Court
Aidan Anthony Leacy outside Cork Circuit Criminal Court

Ralph Riegel

A MIDDLE-aged man who sexually assaulted two little girls due to make their First Holy Communion after showing them pornographic films has twice been targeted by vigilantes.

The Kerry home of Aidan Anthony Leacy (54) was twice the target of arson attacks and he has now been forced to move back to his native Wexford.

Gardai confirmed the two arson attacks but said there was absolutely no involvement by the families or friends of the two victims.

The revelation came as Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard that Leacy was pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two seven-year-old girls in a basement on dates unknown between January 2007 and February 2008.

The address where the offence occurred and certain details of the case cannot be published to protect the identity of the two children involved.

Leacy – known as 'Tony' and who now lives in Co Wexford – admitted the offences as details of the case were outlined to Judge Patrick Moran.

In the days before both girls were due to make their First Holy Communion, they went to play at Leacy's home.

On one occasion, he showed both seven-year-olds adult pornographic movies.

The court heard that Leacy also used to play special games with the girls in the basement, one of which involved him dropping his pants.

Judge Moran was told that the only actual contact that took place between the defendant and both girls was when he lifted them over his shoulder and tapped them on their bare backsides.

The offences came to light when one of the girls spotted her mother changing a baby's nappy. The girl, indicating a gentle tap on the backside, told her mother: "That is what Tony does to us."

Judge Moran was told that the incidents had a very serious impact on both girls.

Both had to be comforted by their parents when it was explained to them that what had happened was wrong.

Both also expressed fear and their parents had to reassure them that all the doors and windows of their homes were locked at night.

Judge Moran said he would not deal with sentencing until he had viewed expert counselling reports on both girls.

He adjourned sentencing until today to allow for the reports to be submitted in court.

Defence submissions will also take place.

Irish Independent

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