Pae­dophile con­vic­tion is up­held

MAN LOSES HIS AP­PEAL

Bray People - - News -

A PAE­DOPHILE has lost his ap­peal af­ter his con­vic­tion was up­held at the Court of Crim­i­nal Ap­peal last week. He will serve no more time in prison, how­ever, his 18-month sen­tence hav­ing been sus­pended by Judges Fen­nelly, Budd and McCarthy.

The Wick­low man was cleared in May 2007 of 48 out of 49 counts of in­de­cent as­sault on a young girl over a fouryear pe­riod in the 1970s in the En­niskerry area.

He was later sen­tenced to 18 months in prison, but was re­leased on bail af­ter 25 days, pend­ing the ap­peal. His name has been added to the sex­ual of­fend­ers reg­is­ter.

Wick­low Cir­cuit Court heard dur­ing the trial that the vic­tim of the al­leged of­fences, 49 in to­tal, was a neigh- bour of the man, aged be­tween eight and 12 years at the time. She gave ac­counts of the al­leged abuse and told the court that the in­de­cent as­saults of­ten hap­pened on a weekly ba­sis for four years from 1974 to 1978, oc­cur­ring when her par­ents were out or dur­ing drives with his own chil­dren.

The woman, now in her 40s, said dur­ing the trial that she did not go to the gar­daí un­til she was 34 be­cause she thought no­body would be­lieve her. She said that even­tu­ally re­ported it be­cause her sis­ter’s chil­dren were play­ing around her mother’s house and he was liv­ing nearby.

The ac­cused de­nied all the al­le­ga­tions put to him. His name has not been re­vealed in or­der to pro­tect the iden­tity of the vic­tim.

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