Tuesday 20 March 2018

Young father-of-one jailed for six years for rape of 14-year-old girl

Callan Ward, now aged 20, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the girl
Callan Ward, now aged 20, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the girl

Jessica Magee

A TEENAGE father-of-one who raped a 14-year-old girl in County Offaly after he arranged to supply drugs to her in exchange for a kiss has been jailed for six years.

Callan Ward, now aged 20, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the girl at the back of a sports club on November 10, 2013.

Mr Justice Paul Carney suspended the final two years of the sentence, taking into account Ward's early guilty plea and lack of previous convictions other than road traffic offences.

Ward, with an address at Kilcruttin Halting Site, Tullamore, was ordered to keep away from the victim forever and enter a bond of €1,000.

He must also undergo 18 months' supervision by The Probation Service and attend any recommended treatment programmes.

Mr Justice Carney said Ward had supplied drugs in return for sexual credit in the form of a kiss, before he went on to rape the girl.

“He was very quick to then ask her for his drugs money,” added the judge.

Sergeant Simon Murphy told Padraig Hogan BL, prosecuting, that one of the girl's friends told her to phone the accused to get drugs.

This friend told her to pretend to be somebody else and ask for one ounce of hash on credit. The girl did so and arranged to pay the following week.

The accused said he would give her the hash if she would “meet up” with him, by which she understood to mean “kiss”.

The girl told gardaí later that she met the accused at the back of a sports club and he put his hands around her hips and was gentle at first.

She said he then put his hands down her bra and down her trousers although she kept saying “no”.

He said, “Don't be sly, I have your half-ounce in my pocket,” and kept trying to turn her around to face the wall.

The girl said he raped her, although she told him to stop and that it was very sore. He replied, “It won't kill you.”

Afterwards he asked if she would have the money for the hash the following week, and she said yes.

The girl told her teacher the following day and a complaint was lodged. DNA samples of the accused were found in her underwear.

In a victim impact statement, the court heard the girl is afraid to leave the house by herself and has lost her confidence. She is depressed and lashing out at her family it stated.

The court heard she was very stressed when she was getting calls from the accused about not going ahead with the complaint, and feared he was going to “go after her”.

The man has ten previous minor convictions, mostly traffic offences. Colm Smyth SC, defending, apologised to the victim on his client’s behalf, and said Ward was greatly ashamed of himself.

Ward was declared a sex offender and his sentence was backdated to July 21, 2014, with credit to be given for three weeks spent in custody. 

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