Wicklow man jailed for rape of two boys hundreds of times
A WICKLOW MAN who raped and sexually assaulted two of his step-sons hundreds of times over a 10-year period has been sentenced to 21 years in prison with the final seven suspended.
The 51-year-old, who was the victims’ mother’s husband, also had his friend sexually abuse one of the boys and abused both of them in front of another male relative. He sometimes made the boys commit incest with each other.
On handing down the sentence, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said: ‘ There was harrowing evidence of industrial quantities which had a profound and long lasting effect on both boys.’
He said both victims gave ‘sad and moving evidence’ and ‘ the effect of the crimes and the resulting damage has been permanent and irreparable for both’.
‘Whatever sentence I give is an inadequate reflection of the horrors of the abuse,’ said Mr Justice Hunt.
One of the boys told the court he didn’t know how many times the accused abused him. ‘It seemed like millions of times,’ one victim said. ‘Some people had cereal for breakfast, I seemed to be molested for breakfast.’
The court heard the man used a device of his own creation to abuse one child.
The victims have told the court they wish to waive their anonymity so their step-father can be named publicly.
However, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said the anonymity orders remain in place for the time being but that a formal application can be made to have the restrictions lifted at a later date.
The man pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 165 counts of rape and sexual assault against one boy and 40 similar offences against his brother between 1993 and 2003 at his Wicklow home.
During interviews with gardaí he accepted that he was a ‘paedophile rapist’ and described his offending as ‘shameful, horrendous, appalling, diabolical’.
Defending senior counsel Michael O’Higgins said his client wished to express his ‘deepest, sincere and profound sorrow’ to the victims.
He said as a child the man had himself being subjected to widespread and wholesale sexual abuse from people in his own peer group and from people in positions of trust. He said this had skewed the moral line that would normally be ‘naturally instilled’ in a person growing up.
In powerful victim impact reports, the victims outlined the effects of the abuse.
The elder victim, who is now aged in his thirties, said he has been left with no confidence in himself. His brother said he is living now what can only be described as ‘ hell on earth’.
The elder victim went to gardaí last year and told them he had been abused since the age of nine when the accused moved in with them. It began with the man masturbating the victim and having the child do the same to him.
The man would do this every time he got the chance and it could occur up to three of four times a day. It became so frequent that the accused didn’t need to say anything, he would simply nod or gesture when he wanted to abuse the child.
He then progressed to raping the boy anally and orally.
At one point the boy decided to kill himself but stopped because he ‘didn’t want him [the defendant] to win’.
On one occasion he brought the boy to his friend’s house where both he and his friend molested him.
The boy said he saw the accused smile at his friend during the abuse ‘as if to say “look what I can get him to do”’.
On another date he abused both boys in front of another relative before having sex with the relative and telling the children that ‘ this is how it’s done’.
The elder victim told gardaí that he always abused him when his mother was in the house.
‘I think he used to get off on the thrill of nearly getting caught,’ he said.
He said the man would have the two boys perform sexual acts on each other while he watched. The accused also told the elder boy he could get him money if he were willing for perform such acts with other men.
‘I used to feel sorry for [the accused],” the eldest victim told gardaí. ‘I used to think it happened to him and now it was happening to me.’
The man began abusing the younger victim from when he was seven years old. He said this started with masturbation and led to rape as he got older.
He said he felt like he was abused ‘millions of times’. Sometimes afterwards the man would give him money and tell him to go and play.
The accused was arrested last year and made admissions in interview but initially denied rape. He said the abuse started because he was having marriage difficulties and was not having sex with his wife.
Mr Justice Hunt ordered that the defendant be placed under the supervision of the Probation Services for five years post-release, undergo rehabilitation and to have no contact whatsoever, directly or indirectly with the two boys. IN all the years I’ve been married I’ve only called my other half, ‘ husband’ twice. Once when I tried to get an upgrade in a posh hotel by pretending to be on honeymoon, (we were five years married by then) and another time when I was trying to get a loan from the Credit Union! Both times required that I had ‘spousal support’ in one form or another, hence the ‘my husband’ bit.
But it didn’t feel right. I just felt a bit stupid saying it, like I was playing Mammies and Daddies.
It was the same when we were engaged. I never once referred to him as my fiancé. To me it always sounded a bit anal and smug, like, ‘ look at me! I’m not being left on the shelf. I have a man!’ It was the kind of thing that couples who visited garden centres on a Sunday called each other. We never visited garden centres on a Sunday. We were usually too hungover.
Likewise when he was my boyfriend, I never called him my boyfriend. I either called him by his name, referred to him as a b****x if I was giving out about him or used the term ‘Himself.’
I never once heard him call me his girlfriend either. He usually called me by my first name when I was in the good books or my surname when I was under the influence and I was driving him a bit mad.
Obviously I don’t call him Himself when I’m at home, shouting at him to put the bins out or asking him to get rid of the spider in the bathroom. But in terms of writing this column and talking about him when he’s not there Himself has kind of stuck.
But 20 years later he has decided he has had enough. He doesn’t want to be referred to as Himself anymore. He says he’s fed up of people of coming up to him when we’re out, laughing and saying ‘Oh so YOU’RE Himself! God help you!’
I told him they’d be laughing no matter what he’s called because of half the things I write about him (thankfully he’s oblivious to most of it as he doesn’t read the paper!) but he’s still insisting I don’t call him Himself anymore.
‘Well, what will I call you then? What about...Mister Big?’ I say. He shoots me a dirty look.
‘I know, I know, what about The Boss, because you are always bossing us about?’ Another dirty look comes my way. ‘How about I just use your initials?’ ‘No. That makes me sound like a tosser.’ I was starting to lose patience. ‘Well what do you bloody want me to call you then?’
‘How about you just don’t mention me at all?’ he asks hopefully. ‘But then I’d have nothing to write about.’ From now on he will be known as ‘He who shall remain nameless.’ Let’s see how long that lasts!