Jail for man who abused his daughter almost daily for 10 years

A man who sexually abused his daughter nearly every day for 10 years has been sentenced to eight years, with one year suspended.

The Central Criminal Court heard the victim said she felt like an animal the day her father cornered her in a shed and tried to have sex with her.

Her 50-year-old father has since been diagnosed a paedophile by a psychiatrist.

The court heard that he began abusing his daughter when she was five years old and after he developed an addiction to pornography.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt ordered the man be registered as a sex offender. He suspended the final year of the eight-year sentence for three years and ordered that the accused undergo 18 months post release supervision.

The now 20-year-old victim first disclosed the abuse to her school chaplain when she was 17.

She said in her victim impact statement that a father was supposed to care for and protect his children, but he “treated me like an object that he could use and control”. She said that, as a child, she felt she was unable to turn to anyone, “even after I realised what was going on”.

Recalling an incident of attempted rape when she was “cornered” in a cattle shed, she said; “I remember thinking he treated the animals better than me. I told him I felt like a chained-up animal.”

The man pleaded guilty to two attempted rapes and 10 sexual assaults on dates between 2003 to 2012 at the family farm and other areas under the family holding in Co Sligo. He has no previous convictions.

The man took the stand and addressed his daughter in court, saying that a “proper apology was well overdue”.


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