A Kildare man who raped an 11-year-old girl during blindfold games when he was aged 15 has been sentenced to four years in jail, with the final two years suspended.
The now 23-year-old, set up blindfold games with the girl, during which he would put his penis into her mouth.
The victim told the Central Criminal Court the abuse made her feel sick and the abuser had a control which struck fear into her.
She said thinking about the abuse was still painful for her and affected her in her day-to-day life.
“My chance to be a child was completely ripped away, along with my innocence,” she said. “I went to bed thinking to myself ‘why is this happening to me, what did I do?’ ”
She said the abuse had destroyed her self-confidence, adding she didn’t know “how anyone can do this to a small vulnerable child”.
Yesterday, Mr Justice Hunt said it was clear the age of the offender should be taken into account, along with the fact he was clearly immature at the time. However, he said the man had a “significant degree of knowledge and knowingness that he was doing wrong and he was doing serious wrong”.
The man pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault at his home in Co Kildare on dates in October and December 2008. He also pleaded guilty to oral rape at his home in April 2009 and in a woodland near his home in May 2009.
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