Sportsman to be sentenced for abusing daughter for four years

A 71-year-old former professional sportsman described as a "monster" is to be sentenced today for repeatedly raping his daughter.

The man - who cannot be named - was convicted by a Central Criminal Court jury last March on 60 counts of sexual abuse and 14 charges of rape between 2002 and 2006.

The now 18-year-old victim was sexually abused on an almost daily basis over a four-year period at locations in Galway and Roscommon.

It started when she was a "very happy-go-lucky" nine-year-old but she said the "happiness soon turned to horror".

In a victim impact statement, the teenager said the abuse had left her hating her father, who she described as a monster that she never wanted to see again.

She said she was "free for the first time" after her father left the family home when she told her mother about the abuse.

The 71-year-old was convicted following a trial and is due to be sentenced today.

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