Sex assault victim took anti-depressants to get through wedding

A woman who was sexually assaulted at the age of five or six was so afraid that somebody at her wedding would recognise some sign of her being an abuse victim that she took anti-depressants just to get through the day.

The woman said her husband knew before they married what had been done to her but she said yesterday: “I had to take anti-depressants to get through my special day. I was afraid people would see something and recognise that I was a sexual assault victim.

“Michael Wyse destroyed my early childhood. I am on anti-depressants and anxiety medication to this day.”

The injured party said her husband and children had helped her through it and she was glad that Wyse pleaded not guilty as it made her say in court what had been done to her. She thanked Det Garda Michelle Quinn for investigating the case and for her support.

Judge David Riordan jailed Wyse, aged 53, of 31 Watercourse Rd, Cork, for three years at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Det Garda Quinn said the victim was aged five or six in 1978-79 when on unknown dates Wyse put his penis between her thighs and ejaculated. On one occasion he told her to go to the bathroom and clean herself and not tell her mother or anyone else.

Judge Riordan said: “The maximum sentence on each of the two offences is two years’ imprisonment. It is at the higher end of the scale.

“While Mr Wyse was a late teenager he was in a position of trust, minding a young child. The effect on [the victim] has been long-term. There was quite a significant element of dominance. He directed her to clean herself after one incident and more importantly not to tell anyone.

“Undoubtedly her life was severely adversely affected. It was sublimated for many years. She has dealt with the matter in a manner that is exemplary.”

He imposed a two-year sentence on one charge and a consecutive one-year term on the other.

Alice Fawsett SC said Wyse was young at the time; he had personal issues as a young person, having lived in a very rough way. His health was not good and he would not be a good candidate for a custodial sentence.

In another case dealt with by Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin yesterday, Wyse was sentenced to a concurrent three years for sexually assaulting a boy seven times when he was aged four to seven and Wyse was aged from 17.

That victim said yesterday that gender did not matter to Wyse when it came to abuse. The defendant got the child to engage in masturbation, having first demonstrated on the boy’s teddy bear what he wanted him to do.

In each case Wyse was convicted by a jury after denying all crimes.


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