Jailed sex offender gets eight year sentence for Galway rape

Jailed sex offender gets eight year sentence for Galway rape

A sex offender already in jail for rape has been given an eight year sentence for raping the younger sister of his first victim at their Galway home.

The 61 year old man, who is not being named to protect the identity of the victim, pleaded guilty to one count of rape between that took place between 1989 and 1991

The Irish Examiner reports that Mr Justice Michael White passed the Central Criminal Court’s eight year year sentence, backdated to March 28, 2017 when the man was arrested in prison for this crime.

The court heard that the woman, who is now 39 years old, grew up in abusive family where she was also abused by her father, uncle, and grandfather.

Her father was convicted of getting her pregnant by rape when she was a young girl.

When the child was four she gave him up for adoption, an action that still causes her distress to this day.

The defendant moved in with the family in 1988 and carried out an eight year relationship with the victim’s mother.

At an unknown date between 1989 and 1991, he raped her in her bedroom when she was between 10 and 12 years old.

She described the crushing weight of him on top of her and the pain it caused.

Afterwards she noticed she was bleeding and went to her mother, who took her to a doctor.

At the time gardaí asked the mother if she had a boyfriend and she responded that she did not.

The doctors sent the girl home and the defendant didn’t abuse her again.

A local detective told the prosecutor Karl Finnegan BL that social workers had been involved with the family since the children were young.

He described a household with neglect and abuse, and said that the mother had problems with alcoholism.

The detective said that the woman, now living in England, felt that she wasn’t up to making the trip to court or delivering a victim impact statement.

In August 2015 she made a statement to gardaí after the man was convicted of raping her older sister earlier that year and given a 12 year sentence.

This led to him being charged in prison in 2017, where he fully admitted to his crime.

A psychological report of the rapist found that he has below average intelligence and is emotionally detached.

The defence also said that during the time he lived with them, the children were regularly left hungry and he would provide food for them.

Mr Justice Michael White praised the woman for her courage in coming forward, saying that this crime involved an incredible breach of trust.

In mitigation he considered the man’s guilty plea and his genuine remorse.

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