Stepfather jailed over sex assault

Michael Riordan who was jailed at Cork District Court yesterday. Pic: Provision

A young woman sexually assaulted by her stepfather wanted him named publicly yesterday so that he would not do the same thing to someone else in the future.

Michael Riordan, aged 48, with an address at 25 The Orchard, Blackrock, Cork, was jailed for two years and six months at Cork Circuit Criminal court yesterday.

A jury of seven men and five women deliberated in the case against Riordan who was accused of 21 charges of sexually assaulting his teenage stepdaughter at the family home. They delivered nine guilty verdicts. All verdicts were majority 10-2 verdicts.

They did not reach a decision on the other 12 counts on the indictment at the end of the trial in May.

Judge Ó Donnabháin said yesterday, “He was an adult, she was a teenager . . . I accept what is said, what had been a subsisting family is now rent, there is absolute disruption and chaos. References speak well of him, he was a caring man, Garda (Seán) Stack said he had no previous convictions.”

In her victim impact evidence, Megan Grant, who is now 20, said, “I found the court evidence very difficult. I wish Mickey had pleaded guilty and saved us as a family a lot of sadness and upset. I am very grateful to the jury who believed my story and found him guilty.

“This result has given me a belief in myself and a way to move forward. This time when I cried it was happy tears . . . I hope to be able to regain my life when Mickey no longer controls me.”

Defence senior counsel Marjorie Farrelly said there was little she could say on Riordan’s behalf as he maintained his innocence.

Ms Farrelly said, “He is a man who was fully involved and engaged in the rearing of his children. He is 48. He has found prison (since May 22) extremely difficult.” Character evidence described the accused as a man who was always ready to help anyone.

In her evidence last May, the complainant said she was 14 years old when her stepfather suggested she would sleep in his bed when her mother was working nightshifts. She felt violated and disgusted and not the same person as a result of what her stepfather did to her.

The defendant did not give evidence, but he told gardaí all of the complaints were lies and that he did not do it.


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