Monday 20 November 2017

I hope he rots, says girl's mum as abuser is jailed

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

THE mother of a teenage girl sexually assaulted by a Chinese restaurant operator said she hopes he "rots in hell" for the abuse.

Chun 'Jimmy' Ming Chen (35) was jailed for six years yesterday after pleading guilty before the Central Criminal Court to 25 counts of defilement and sexual assault against the girl.

The court heard that the abuse began when the girl was just 14 years old.

The girl -- who is now 19 and cannot be named for legal reasons -- said that the abuse continued over a period of almost three years.

Her mother told the Irish Independent that the family are outraged that Chen didn't personally apologise in court for his actions, and left it to his wife to express remorse on his behalf.

"He did not even stand up in court and apologise (to her). His wife apologised for him. He pleaded guilty and he couldn't stand up inside the court and say 'I am sorry'," she added.

The woman -- who admitted she was "terrified" that Chen would get a light sentence -- said he had inflicted "absolutely horrendous" suffering on her family.

"She was brilliant in first year in school. She could and should have gone to university. But he took all that from her -- and he also took her virginity. I hope he rots in hell."

Trust

The woman said they trusted Chen, of Oakfield, Glanmire, Co Cork, enough to have allowed him into their home.

"You look back in hindsight at her mood swings and you think it is just her being a teenager. But it wasn't -- he destroyed my daughter's life," she added.

The 25 counts involved nine sexual assault charges and 16 charges of having intercourse with a girl aged under 17 years.

The incidents gradually became more serious over time, and the girl eventually told her mother who immediately alerted gardai.

The girl said in her victim-impact statement that she felt robbed of her teenage years, and did not know how she could stop what was happening to her.

Judge Patrick McCarthy imposed a nine-year prison term but agreed to suspend three years in light of his guilty plea and remorse.

He also directed that Chen be included on the Sex Offenders' Register.

Irish Independent

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