Man sexually assaulted former partner’s daughter

An Armagh man suggested his partner’s daughter be put on birth control while he was secretly sexually assaulting her, a court has heard.

Darren Davidson, aged 37, was yesterday jailed for nine years for abusing the girl from when she was aged between 13 and 16 years old while he lived in the family home in Monaghan.

Davidson, formerly of Dungormley Estate, Newtownhamilton, Armagh, was convicted last March at the Central Criminal Court of 11 counts of sexual assault with an object, sexual assault and defilement at the victim’s home between 2008 and 2010.

The now adult woman, who waived her right to anonymity, told the court in a written statement that she did not wish to be a victim but felt that the abuse would always be with her.

“When I look at my younger sister, I feel I have protected her and that makes the trial worth it,” she said.

She said she decided to make a complaint to gardaí because the abuse was getting more frequent and severe and she felt she had to protect her siblings.

Noting the ongoing psychological effects, Mr Justice Robert Eagar said she “displays classic symptoms of being abused by someone they trust”. He said that, without any mitigating factors he would have imposed a 12-year sentence. However, he took into account Davidson’s good work history, his character references, and his condition of epilepsy.

Mr Justice Eagar imposed a 10-year term with the final year suspended and ordered Davidson be registered as a sex offender.


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