Child rapist with 11 character references in court gets 12 years for assaulting his partner and her son

A Cork man found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting his then-partner and her son has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

The 56-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of his victims, was found guilty by a jury on 61 counts, including two counts of raping his then-partner and 52 counts, after a trial at the Central Criminal Court earlier this year of sexual assault on her.

He was also found guilty of four counts of sexually abusing her son and raping the boy, who was between nine and eleven at the time.

The man was also convicted of double cruelty to his ex-partner’s children. The crime occurred between October 2013 and December 2015.

The accused does not accept the verdict and continues to protest his innocence. He has no criminal record and intends to appeal his conviction, the court heard today.

Eleven character references were provided to the court on behalf of the defendant. It included testimonies from friends, neighbors and people who had worked with the man, with multiple references describing him as a “caring father” and good friend.

In her victim statement, the woman said she was a “strong and independent” woman before meeting the man, but he took that away.

She said he seemed nice when they started dating, but that it was “all for show.”

She said she did her best to protect her children but that was impossible given the defendant, whom she described as a “sick monster”, was always in control.

Judge Michael McGrath imposed a sentence, saying the defendant’s behavior was “emotionally and physically distressing”.

He said rape was a “very serious” offense that “offended the victim’s dignity” and that in this incident it took place against a background of sexual assault.

The judge added that her son’s rape and sexual assault involved a “breach of trust” by a man the boy saw as a father figure.

Mr Justice McGrath said the victim’s children were young and vulnerable. The accused had frightened them with his “oppressive and cruel” behavior.

The court heard the defendant and the woman were in a relationship and had four young children.

The defendant raped his then-partner around Halloween 2013 and on a date between September and December 2015.

In 2015, he also sexually assaulted her on a weekly basis.

The court had previously heard evidence that the defendant had raped the woman’s son.

He also sexually assaulted the boy in the shower after sports practice.

Once the boy woke up and found the man on himself. Mr Justice McGrath said the experience would have been “traumatizing and frightening” for the boy, who had suffered a “hard time” at the hands of a man he saw as a father figure.

The defendant expected the children to clean the house every hour.

He also locked all interior doors and permission had to be obtained to use the bathroom. The victim’s daughter was also subjected to the defendant’s outbursts of anger and interference with her homework.

Referring to the victim’s impact statements, Mr Justice McGrath said the victim’s daughter had stated that she felt she was “living in prison” and was convinced no one would believe her.

The judge said the victim’s son felt like an outsider in his family because of the secret he was carrying. He said the defendant’s behavior had undermined her self-esteem and self-respect, and that his desire to remain in control made it impossible for her to protect her children.

Mr Justice McGrath said he had reviewed character references submitted on behalf of the accused which indicated the arbitrators were aware of his conviction and spoke of his “good standing” in the community.

“These also serve to highlight the often secretive nature of domestic violence,” added Judge McGrath.

Mr Justice McGrath said it was not appropriate to stay part of the sentence because the defendant had not expressed remorse. He backdated the verdict to March 23.

He also imposed a 12-month post-release surveillance order on the defendant.

Statements about the victims, made by the defendants’ former partner, their son and daughter, were read by Shane Costello SC, the prosecutor, during a previous sentencing hearing.

She found it “heartbreaking” that she was unable to reach her children as the defendant locked the inside doors of the home. She said the accused was a “sick monster” for his behavior towards her “innocent” son.

After the relationship ended, the accused had followed her and left her frightened.

She said she regrets bringing the man into her family’s life and suffers from nightmares.

Her daughter, now in her 20s, said in her victim impact testimony that the defendant never showed her affection and the family home is like a “prison”.

She said he made her life miserable while she was studying for her leaving cert and she felt her life was not worth living. She found the process emotional and frightening, but now she felt free because the defendant was no longer able to control anyone.

Her son, now 19, read his own victim’s testimony and told the court, “No child should have felt like I did.” He said he viewed the defendant as a father figure and the defendant broke that trust.

He said he is standing up for himself after feeling isolated within his family because he carries a secret.

He called for justice, “not just for me, but for the child I was.”

During the trial, the defendant said the three children had been difficult in their early years and that their mother used the allegations to get help finding alternative housing.

Thomas Creed SC, who is defending himself, said the defendant had a reputation for being hardworking and having worked a variety of jobs.

He loves his children and strives to provide the best for them.

Mr Creed said the defendant was disappointed at not being able to be a full-time father to his four younger children.

Judge McGrath said the victim and her children showed “great fortitude and courage” during the trial.

He said the victim must also hear evidence of the defendants’ crimes against their children during the trial.

He gave his then-partner a headline sentence of 14 years for aggravated rape, which he reduced to 12 years, allowing for mitigation.

The judge sentenced him to five years in prison for sexual assault. The defendant was also sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping the boy and 6 years for each sexual assault.

Mr Justice McGrath handed out five years’ imprisonment for each count of child cruelty. All sets should be done at the same time.

He said that the defendant, mitigatingly, had a good work history and was previously of good character. The defendant had expressed disappointment at not being able to father his younger children full-time. Child rapist with 11 character references in court gets 12 years for assaulting his partner and her son

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