Man abused nephew while ‘high on drink and drugs’

Bray People - - Baptism Special -

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.

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