A Cork pensioner who raped and sexually abused his step-daughter from when she was aged 11, resulting in her giving birth to two of his children, has been jailed for 12 years.
The 69-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 18 counts of raping and sexually abusing the woman on dates between 1974-1979 at their home.
Detective Sergeant Michael Corbett told prosecuting counsel Tim O’Leary, SC the complainant, now 53, made a statement to gardaí in 2013 in relation to the historical rape and sexual abuse by her stepfather.
She said the sexual abuse started when she was aged 11 when he would bring her out of her bedroom and onto the landing to have sex with her three or four times a week.
She said she dreaded Sunday evenings when her mother went to bingo because her stepfather sexually abused her for the evening or else raped her while her mother was downstairs.
She said the defendant was an alcoholic who never worked and drank all the money her mother brought into the house.
At the age of 15, she fell pregnant by him and had to convince people the baby’s father was a work colleague. Eventually, by the time she was 16, she found the strength to leave home, the court heard.
It was only in 2013, after her son’s death, that she reached a “turning point” and made a complaint to gardaí, Det Corbett told prosecuting counsel.
In a victim impact statement, which the woman read out in court directed to the man, she said: “I was only a little girl when you raped me. I didn’t understand what was going on and I cried as it hurt. You warned me not to tell anyone.”
She told the court: “He controlled me and everyone in the house. If I wasn’t raped, I’d be beaten.”
She said he continued to rape her weekly and she became pregnant for a second time. When she gave birth to a girl, she gave her up for adoption as she did not want to risk her being around her stepfather. She said she moved to a different part of the country with her son and never saw “that monster” again.
Addressing the defendant directly, she said: “I blame you for the loss of my two beautiful children. I carried a secret of giving away my daughter for 30 years.”
Defence counsel Marjorie Farrelly SC cited the mitigation of his plea and said: “He instructs us to express his remorse to her for all the wrong he has done.”
Mr Justice Tony Hunt handed down an 18-year sentence yesterday but suspended the final six years.
The man is currently serving a four-year sentence which was handed down in February 2015 for indecent assault offences against the woman’s siblings.
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