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Aoife Farrelly said there was something comforting about starting fresh after moving away from her home to Scotland. Photo: Frank McGrath

Aoife Farrelly said there was something comforting about starting fresh after moving away from her home to Scotland. Photo: Frank McGrath

Cian Farrelly was sentenced to four and a half years, with the final 18 months suspended, for raping and sexually assaulting his sister.

Cian Farrelly was sentenced to four and a half years, with the final 18 months suspended, for raping and sexually assaulting his sister.

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Aoife Farrelly said there was something comforting about starting fresh after moving away from her home to Scotland. Photo: Frank McGrath

Cian Farrelly knew the weight of the shame and trauma he placed on his young sister would work in his favour and keep her silent.

Even at age 15, when he started abusing her, he knew what he was doing to six-year-old Aoife was wrong – that is why he swore her to secrecy.


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