A north Cork doctor convicted by a jury of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl during a medical examination shortly before Christmas 1989 was jailed for two years yesterday.
Kevin Mulcahy, aged 57, of Creggane, Lombardstown, Mallow, Co Cork, denied the charge of indecently assaulting the complainant. There was a hung jury in the trial two years ago. This week, a new jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court took only 39 minutes to reach their unanimous guilty verdict.
The victim, who is now in her 30s, said she still breaks down in tears in front of her children about what happened to her but she cannot tell them what was done to her.
“I have resorted to crying myself to sleep and have had suicidal thoughts. I feel everything in my life has been overshadowed by this.
“He was held in high regard in our rural community as our GP,” she said, adding that she found the making of the complaint extremely difficult, particularly in terms of having to discuss personal issues with strangers and broaching such matters with members of her family.
“I felt that in making a complaint, I would have been taking on a profession rather than an individual and I feared that he may have had a lot of support locally. I always felt like damaged goods,” she said.
While there was evidence of a breast examination, the sexual assault involved the doctor touching the teenager outside her clothing in the area of her vagina.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said: “This is a serious offence, a man in his 30s abusing a teenager when she was 15 by feeling her vaginal area outside her clothes in the overall context of the adult being a medical practitioner attending her mother and carrying out an examination of the teenager.
“The breach of trust is very fundamental and serious. The accused has little by way of insight into the harm and damage he did. I am not aware of him showing any remorse.”
The judge categorised the defence evidence as being one of “pity me, look how difficult life is for me”.
The judge said that he did accept the evidence of Mulcahy’s colleague to the effect that he was otherwise a professional and competent doctor.
“I accept of course he is professionally ruined and the career he worked so hard to build up is in tatters and he is hugely isolated. He will never work again in the medical field so the occasion of reoffending is removed.
“I classify it in the middle range even though the groping was external and not prolonged the breach was trust was very significant,” Judge Ó Donnabháin said.
Blaise O’Carroll, defending, said, “Since the making of the complaint his life has been turned completely upside down. He has been unable to work since 2010 and has no income since then. He has been severely punished as a result of the pain and humiliation of this matter coming out in the public domain.”
The victim of the sexual assault wanted the accused to be identified but did not want to be identified herself, Donal McCarthy, prosecuting, said.
© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved