Woman abused by father awarded €375,000 in damages

Woman abused by father awarded €375,000 in damages

A 38-year-old mother-of-three has been awarded €375,000 damages against her father who sexually abused her from the age of two or three.

Gerard Smith from Magenta Hill, Santry, Dublin started abusing his eldest daughter Ailish in 1976 and continued for around 10 years.

Ailish Smith claims at 16 she told her mother Catherine about the abuse and her response was 'it wasn't too bad – he didn't rape you'

This was rejected as utter lies in court by her mother who also denied that she'd tried to silence her daughter.

In 2006 Gerard Smith pleaded guilty to the systematic abuse of Ailish and served three years in prison.

Ailish, then brought a civil action against him for damages in 2008 - the only issue before the court today was whether she'd acted too late and was barred from winning by the statute of limitations.

Mr Justice Eamon de Velera ruled it didn't apply because Ailish Smith's will was impaired up until 2004.

Her solicitor David Christie says she's relieved and pleased at the outcome.


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