Father given 6 years for 'heinous' sexual abuse of three of his children

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Tuesday 26th January 2016

The 71-year-old man, who can not be labeled for legal reasons, was convicted by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury of indecently rushing his three sons at locations in the city, mainly in the family home, on girlfriends between 1974 and 1986.

The children ranged in ages between six and 15 years old during the years of abuse.

Judge Catherine Murphy said these offences were notably heinous having been perpetrated over a protracted period by a priest against three innocent and vulnerable sons.

She said the three men did not whim the court to refer to any details in their victim im ct statements but said she wished to hightail it it clear that each had suffered profoundly as a result of the offences.

Expert Murphy said each had courageously given clear, cogent and persuading evidence.

She noted the accused man had shown neither regret nor remorse. She also received into account factors such as the relationship of the man to his victims and the children’s times at the time of the offences.

She imposed sentences totalling six years which she backdated to meditate about time in custody.

Detective Garda Shay Woods told Garnet Orange SC, conducting, that the abuse of each of the children started when they retreated to their father’s bedroom looking for money for treats. He began by look-in the children’s clothes and masturbating the boys.

The abuse progressed over in good time dawdle but ended when the children’s mother made a decision to move the family tree away. The accused man has a number of previous convictions but none for sexual derelictions.

Victim im ct statements made by the three complainants were tender into court.

Michael Bowman SC, defending, said his client had roomed a transient lifestyle since his relationship with his wife collapsed.

He signified there were no outstanding matters in relation to any other members of the people and he had not come to any further attention in relation to offences of this kind.

Mr Bowman spoke the accused man was in advanced years and, although he had no rticular health issues, dole out a sentence would be difficult at his age.

Fiona Ferguson

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