Man denies indecently assaulting niece 30 years ago

A man went on trial yesterday on nine counts of indecently assaulting his niece when she was eight years old about 30 years ago.

She testified that he gave her biscuits and treats and allowed her to stay up and watch television afterwards.

The accused man totally denies all charges, and a jury of nine men and three women was sworn in yesterday to hear the case before Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

The complainant said her mother used to go to mid-week bingo and her uncle used to babysit for her and her brothers.

She testified yesterday that he would come in to her bedroom and get her to “kiss his willy” and she went on to describe a number of alleged incidents, including ones of her performing oral sex on her uncle when he, on occasions, put his fingers in her vagina and once tried to put his penis in her vagina, but could not because she was too small.

She said he told her this was their secret game.

She said the first person she told was her mother a few years after it happened, when she was 12 years old, and that her mother told her she would take care of it but did nothing about it.

She said the whole thing was swept under the carpet.

She said that it was only now that her grandparents were dead that she felt able to come forward with the complaint to gardaí.

The complainant said that in more recent years she said she phoned her uncle and confronted him about the alleged indecent assaults and she said he responded saying: “My marriage is over, what am I going to do?”

She said that if he had admitted it and apologised to her they may not have been in a courtroom at all yesterday. She said she told her uncle she was going to do something to get this secret out.

Defence barrister Donal O’Sullivan suggested to her that it did not happen at all. She replied: “Who in their right mind would make up such a filthy thing?”

The defendant’s mother agreed her daughter described indecent assaults to her when she was 12.

“I said I would do something about it and I never did because my mum and dad were still alive. They were good people and they did not deserve that — to be told,” she said.

“I kept it secret. She told me about him getting her to kiss his willy. I didn’t know what to do.”

The prosecution evidence concluded yesterday and the trial continues today.


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