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Pensioner sentenced for abuse of daughters

An 80-year-old man has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for indecently assaulting his two daughters in County Clare during the early 1970s.

The man, who cannot be named in order to protect the anonymity of his victims, was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault after a week-long trial at the Central Criminal Court last month.

He had pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of indecently assaulting his daughter in a house and later a caravan in County Clare on unknown dates between January 1971 and December 1973. She was aged between 11 and 13 at the time.

Admission

The man had also denied indecently assaulting another daughter twice in 1980 at a caravan in County Clare, when she was aged 11 or 12.

During his trial, he made admissions to one of these offences. Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said he was effectively treating that admission as a plea of guilty.

The man was found not guilty of the second count in relation to his younger daughter.

Mr Justice McCarthy said the man's abuse of his older daughter was at the most serious end of the scale of offending and involved the fundamental breach of trust of a particularly vulnerable child.

The sentence was backdated to 15 June 2014.

Mr Justice McCarthy also ordered the man be registered as a sex offender.

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