Wick­low man jailed for rape of two boys hun­dreds of times

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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!

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