Man abused nephew while ‘high on drink and drugs’
TALLAGHT District Court has heard how a man was high on a cocktail of drugs and alcohol when he sexually abused his nephew as the child slept over at his grandmother’s house.
The man (37) assaulted the boy (8) twice on two different nights as the victim lay in bed.
The case was adjourned for sentencing after he pleaded guilty to the two separate attacks at a house in Wicklow.
The accused, who works in Dublin, had made a €2,000 compensation offer to his nephew’s parents.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault on the boy in January and May last year. He was staying temporarily in the house at the time.
The allegations came to light after the second assault. The boy’s grandmother noticed he was agitated the next morning and asked him what was wrong.
‘He just said his uncle had touched him,’ Sgt Bernard Jones told the court. The grandmother became alarmed and informed the victim’s mother immediately.
The child was now attending counselling and was ‘doing fine’, with no adverse behaviour, according to his mother. The accused came voluntarily to the Gardai and made a statement.
Judge McDonnell adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report and registered the accused as a sex offender. He refused to relax bail conditions, saying the defendant was lucky to be still on bail.