Thursday 22 March 2018

Woman guilty of sexual assault on female teen relative

Jessie Magee

A 27-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old female relative.

The court heard that the accused and the girl both claimed they loved one another at the time.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of sexually assaulting the girl at a house in Co Meath on dates between December 1 and December 31, 2010.

Garda Graham Weeks told Anne Rowland, prosecuting, that the victim's father went to gardai when he found letters written by his daughter.

He said the letters suggested his 14-year-old daughter was having sexual relations with the relative.

She said she was upset and sad when her father found out about the relationship.

Gda Weeks said the letters written by the girl, on the suggestion of her counsellor, say she told the accused she was in love with her in the summer of 2010.

The court heard that the teenage girl had a fragile disposition, had run away from home and had taken too much medication at one stage.

In a victim impact statement, the girl said she felt "cheated and let down" by the accused and had undergone counselling.

Defence counsel Caroline Biggs said the accused had a deep regret and remorse for what she had done to the victim, and that there was no use of threat, force or violence.

Judge Desmond Hogan asked for a probation report to be prepared and remanded the accused on bail for sentencing on October 18.

Irish Independent

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