A MAN accusing his father of raping him from the age of five onwards yesterday told Cork Circuit Criminal Court that his grandfather would tie him up before the attacks took place.
His grandfather would also rape him, but the complainant said he had left this out of his direct evidence as “it is not fair to bring him into it, as he is deceased”.
The attacks took place from 1982 to 1990, ending when the complainant was 12 years old.
Donal McCarthy BL, for the prosecution, warned the jury that the allegations made in the case, which began yesterday, would be unpleasant but that it would be their duty to decide whether the accused was guilty or not.
The defence’s position was to claim the complainant was “in cahoots” with his mother following her separation from the defendant.
The complainant, now aged 34, gave evidence from the witness box yesterday. He described visiting his grandfather’s house with his father on about three Saturdays in every month while his mother and her sister would go out shopping for the day.
“While they were gone, my grandfather would call me into the house, into his bedroom,” he said. “My grandfather would bring me into his bedroom. He would pull down my pants and tie my hands together and leave me there.”
The complainant said an act of buggery would then be committed by his father.
“What would happen after?” Mr McCarthy asked.
The complainant replied: “He would put on my clothes and tell me go out and play.”
Mr McCarthy told the jury that, for ease of all parties, 22 counts were before the court relating to alleged buggery and indecent assault.
James O’Mahony SC, for the defence, put it to the complainant: “Did you make up this because your mother and father went through an unhappy separation and you did it to try and get your father out of the house?”
He replied: “No, it was my brother threw my father out of the house.” The complainant also denied phoning his father promising to withdraw the complaint if he signed divorce papers.
The complainant said his own marriage broke down in early 2008, which led him to make a complaint to gardaí about his father in the hope of achieving closure.
“I think it is time I got my life back in order,” said the complainant. “My marriage broke up. My wife and myself were constantly fighting. I went to counsellors and psychiatrists. I’d done everything I could but it was still not working,” he said.
He told the court that the first person he told about the attacks was his own mother, after watching a television programme about sexual abuse. He began to cry and told his mother: “That happened to me.”
The trial continues today.
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