Man jailed for sexually assaulting friend’s daughter

A Corkman has been jailed for two years for sexually assaulting a friend’s daughter.

The man, aged 44, pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three counts of sexual assault on two dates between January and November 2013 at addresses in Limerick and Clare.

On May 3 a jury found him guilty. Sentencing him yesterday, Judge Patricia Ryan suspended the last year of a three-year prison sentence on condition he keep the peace for three years after his release. He was also placed on the sex offenders register.

Two of the offences took place while the then 11-year-old victim was having a sleepover with her brother and sister at the house the accused shared with his wife. A third incident happened at an address in Co Clare when she was aged 12.

During the trial, a DVD of the victim’s interview with gardaí was shown to the court. She described the first offence in which the accused sat her on his lap, opened her trousers, and began stroking her vagina.

The man later went upstairs to the room where the victim’s brother and sister were playing and she was asleep on a bed. She said he told her to go to another room to sleep. He then followed her into the room, where he sexually assaulted her a second time.

A third incident happened in October 2013 at a house in Co Clare.


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