Paedophile conviction is upheld
MAN LOSES HIS APPEAL
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.