Man accused of raping his children encouraged her to escape care home, court hears

A 73-year-old accused of raping and sexually abusing three of his children allegedly encouraged one to run away from the care home she was taken into so he could rape her.

The accused allegedly gave his then 10-year-old daughter money for a bicycle so she could run away from the HSE home and also bought her mobile phones so she could contact him once she escaped.

The alleged victim also said that when she was supposed to be in another residential care home she met her father and he took her to a shed in the mountains of south Co Dublin where he had have sleeping bags for both of them.

She said he would rape her here and when she complained that it hurt he told her to “shut the f*** up”.

She said when she escaped again she lived with him in a Dublin home for a month where he raped her every night. After another escape he allegedly took her to a Cork hotel and raped her.

She said the rapes and sexual abuse also occurred in a Dublin McDonalds restaurant, a Dublin hotel and on the DART.

The accused with an address in Dublin has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a son from the age of three to six and sexually assaulting and raping two daughters between the ages of four and 11.

The offences are alleged to have occurred in locations across the country including Dublin, Wexford and Cork between 1995 and 2002.

His now 19-year-old daughter told Ms Isobel Kennedy SC, prosecuting, that the abuse started in the family home in Dublin where she slept on a couch downstairs.

She said once everyone had gone to sleep, the accused would come down and start to molest her before raping her.

She said he would say that he loved her and told her: “Daddies did this to their children and not to tell my mother because she might think he loved me more than her.”

She said when she and her sister were placed in the first HSE home he would knock on her bedroom window in the night and tell her to run away.

She said she would run away because she wanted to go home to her mother but her father would collect her in his car where he would molest her.

When she stopped living in the home the alleged offences continued in a family home in Wexford. She said when she was placed in another care home, the accused used to give her “loads of money” and mobile phones.

She said at one stage he gave her money to buy a bicycle which she would hide beside the care home and use to run away.

She said she would use mobile phones he gave her to contact him once she had run away.

The case continues before Mr Justice George Birmingham and a jury of eight men and four women.

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