Man jailed for 12 years for rape of daughter

Man jailed for 12 years for rape of daughter

A 71-year-old former professional soccer player has been jailed for 12 years for repeatedly raping his daughter.

The man - who cannot be named for legal reasons - was convicted last March on 60 counts of sexual abuse and 14 charges of rape in locations in Galway and Roscommon between 2002 and 2006.

The now 18-year-old victim said she hates her father, describing him as a monster who changed her life as a happy-go-lucky child to one of horror.

She was sexually abused from the age of nine and the rape and sexual assaults became an almost daily occurrence over the following four years.

Sentencing the 71-year-old, Mr Justice Paul Carney noted that far from being remorseful the conduct of the accused during the investigation was "smart-alecky".

When gardaí put to him his daughter's allegations he replied, on 46 occasions, "if she says so it must be true".

The judge said the appropriate sentence was 15 years but he suspended the final three years finding it undesirable for the 71-year-old to die in prison.

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