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Rapist (50 years old) has to pay 315,000 euros to woman he sexually abused over 15 years ago

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The High Court has ordered a convicted rapist to pay €315,000 in damages to a woman he sexually abused more than 15 years ago.

The award was presented by Mr Judge Tony O’Connor, who described what the man had done to the plaintiff as “horrible” which “has no place in civilized society”.

The woman, now in her 30s, had sued the man for damages, as well as increased damages, for what she alleges was physical harm and abuse.

In her civil suit, she also sought damages for lost opportunities she suffered as a result of the abuse.

The allegation has not been disputed by the man, who is currently serving a sentence for sex offenses including raping another woman.

The parties cannot be named for legal reasons.

In his ruling, the judge said that “no words can fully and fairly describe the uncontradicted facts presented by the plaintiff in her statements to the Gardaí and to this court”.

She was only 15 and “an innocent girl” when the abuse began, the court said.

The judge said the defendant was a friend of the victim’s parents.

The victim had befriended and helped the man’s then-partner, who had serious health problems, and his young son.

The defendant, now in his 50s, used “threatening tactics” to “groom” her, harassing and threatening her, the judge said.

“To put it mildly, the defendant’s conduct was a gross abuse of his position as a neighbor and friend of the plaintiff’s parents,” the judge continued.

The judge found that when the plaintiff dismissed the defendant’s unwanted sexual advances and told him she wasn’t into him, he threatened her and “even alluded to his involvement in the IRA.”

His behavior worsened after her refusal, the judge said.

The man “bombarded her with texts” before calling her at home and eventually forcing her to perform both oral and vaginal sex, the judge said.

The defendant forced the girl into sexual acts on a weekly basis for a period of 18 months, which made her really ill, the judge added.

The judge said the defendant was “out of control”.

The man, the judge added, threatened his own “imminent suicide” if she did not continue “his despicable behavior.”

The man, he added, “was trying to inflict shame and guilt on the plaintiff,” he added.

Even after the man had moved out of the plaintiff’s residential area, he would occasionally return and be seen driving through town.

At one point, he was present in the garden of her then-home and “terrified her beyond belief,” the judge said.

The judge, who expressed concern for the plaintiff’s safety, noted that the man is currently in prison, where he is serving a sentence in connection with sex crimes, including rape, committed against another woman.

The court found that the woman’s mental health had suffered and that she had lost confidence in herself as a result of the abuse.

She has and has suffered from PTSD, has regular flashbacks to what happened to her at the hands of the man and is distraught when reminded of the abuse.

The judge said he could only conclude from the woman’s testimonies that the man’s actions were instrumental in causing “an irretrievable breakdown in her trust in all but a few people.”

The judge also described the woman as very honest about what she could have achieved in life had she not suffered the abuse.

An aggravating factor in the case, the judge added, was the defendant’s lack of any remorse, apology or admission of guilt.

This, the judge said, exacerbated the victim’s trauma, distress and condition.

The judge found that the woman had opened a separate case in relation to the Gardaí’s handling of complaints she had filed against the man over a decade ago.

This action, the judge said, does not affect the matters before him.

Taking all the circumstances into account, the court contented itself with ordering EUR 315,000 plus costs against the accused in favor of the woman in favor of the accused.

Mr Justice O’Connor also ruled that he was not prepared at this stage to issue any freezing orders that would prevent the man from wasting his assets in order to thwart the judgment against him.

Because the court has no indication that the man was in the process of relocating his assets outside the reach of the plaintiff.

The defendant, who was not represented in court for that motion, is entitled to due process, the judge ruled.

But the judge said he was ready to issue an injunction preventing the man from selling a house he owns in south-east Ireland for a period of 18 months.

The judge granted the parties the freedom to petition the court to have the order amended or set aside if they so choose.

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