Jail for Clare man who sexually abused his two daughters

Jail for Clare man who sexually abused his two daughters

An 80-year-old man has been sent to prison today for four-and-a-half years for sexually abusing his two daughters in Co Clare in the early 1970s.

The man - who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of his victims - was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault after a week-long trial at the Central Criminal Court last month.

The girls were aged between 11 and 13 when they were abused by their father at a house and caravan in Co Clare.

He was tried and convicted of 12 counts of indecent assault last month.

He admitted some of the offences during the hearing .

The evidence was that he began abusing the older girl when she was aged 11, telling her she was "red hot", that it was a loving relationship and that he wanted to have a child by her.

She told the court: "I still live in fear of this man".

Handing down a four-and-a-half-year jail sentence, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said the only mitigating factor for the 80 year old is his age.


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