Judge urges Gardaí to question man accused of sexually abusing his daughter “urgently”.

A judge has urged Gardaí to question a father accused of sexually abusing his daughter “urgently”.

In family court, Judge Mary Larkin said, “I hate to say it, but if the man went to Supermac’s and stole a burger, he would probably be questioned within a week.”

She made the comment after the man’s lawyer said it could be a few months before Gardaí questioned her client on the matter.

The attorney said a complaint was filed against the Tusla man for sexually abusing his child two weeks after a district court judge dismissed a family law appeal by the child’s mother.

She said an independent child expert recommended in a report last year that the father should have sole custody of his daughter.

The separated couple is currently in divorce proceedings.

Referring to the need for Gardaí to interview the man as a matter of urgency, Judge Larkin said, “You can’t have someone out there accused and not knowing what they’re being accused of – if it’s their own child.”

She said that “these people’s lives must be held in limbo while those in power take time to get their jobs done.”

A Tusla social worker told Judge Larkin that she could not elaborate on the details of the child sex allegation because Gardaí had asked Tusla not to disclose details.

Tusla’s attorney said his clients are anxious not to undermine any Garda investigations.

The man’s attorney said her client did not see his child for six weeks after the allegation was made, but access has now resumed and the child is subject to an interim Tusla safety plan.

Judge Larkin said the mother previously claimed her ex-partner gave her daughter a long kiss on the mouth during a visit. The judge said she concluded that did not happen.

Judge Larkin told the court, “I am extremely concerned about these new allegations and I have concerns about the credibility of some of the parties, and I do not say this lightly.”

The Tusla social worker said the child in the case made “clear and worrying allegations” to Tusla workers.

The social worker said she did not see the child show fear of her father.

Judge Larkin said the father’s contact arrangements – which are being held in the presence of the father’s girlfriend – should stand and adjourned the case until next month.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/judge-calls-on-gardai-to-interview-man-accused-of-sexually-abusing-his-daughter-as-a-matter-of-urgency-41969880.html Judge urges Gardaí to question man accused of sexually abusing his daughter “urgently”.

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