A PENSIONER was sentenced to 18 months in prison over 30 years ago for attempting to rape and sexually assault a vulnerable girl.
The 68-year-old man – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – has been jailed by Mr Justice Michael McGrath at Cork’s Central Criminal Court after the accused admitted to one count of attempted rape and 19 counts of sexual assault in different places and over different places Dates in the 1980s.
The court was told that the victim was between seven and ten years old at the time.
In what Mr Justice McGrath said, it was an “unusual if not unique” case. It emerged that the accused had admitted to molesting the girl 25 years earlier – but her mother refused to give Gardaí permission to interview her.
The girl – who was just a teenager at the time – was unaware at the time of the recording or the reasons Gardaí were unable to interview her.
The defendant made the confessions to Gardaí 25 years ago after being questioned in connection with complaints of sexual assault by other parties.
During the sentencing hearing, it was revealed that the man had been sentenced to four years in prison by the Cork Circuit Criminal Court in 1999 after he was prosecuted for sexual offenses against three other people.
Mr Justice McGrath handed down a four-year sentence for the offenses against the vulnerable girl but stayed the last two and a half years.
The court was told that the girl had lodged a complaint with Gardaí three years ago.
She said she “wanted to die” after attending events attended by the accused over the years.
The girl is related to the accused.
Gardaí explained that the offenses consisted of the man inappropriately touching the child, masturbating himself and placing him on his lap during trips to the store.
The charge of attempted rape arose from a case in which the man stripped off all of the girl’s clothes and attempted to have sexual intercourse with her in a field.
When the child complained that he was hurting her, he stopped what he was doing.
He warned her not to talk about the incidents as they were “her little secret”.
The court was told the defendant admitted to the offenses when questioned by Gardaí two years ago.
Mr Justice McGrath heard that the defendant felt great remorse for what happened and was cooperating with treatment and rehabilitation
services over the years.
Submissions to the court indicated that the defendant fully appreciated the harm his actions had caused the victim.
The court was told that he had been subjected to extreme violence as a child.
After a previous court hearing, the victim – who is now an adult – warned that she hopes her perpetrator receives the maximum possible sentence.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/man-admitted-25-years-ago-that-he-abused-vulnerable-girl-but-her-mother-refused-to-allow-gardai-to-interview-her-41496444.html The man admitted 25 years ago that he had abused a vulnerable girl, but her mother refused to allow Gardaí to interview her