Sex assault term doubled

AN elderly Kilkenny man who repeatedly assaulted nine girls over a 21-year period has had his sentence more than doubled following an appeal by the DPP.

The Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday imposed a 10-year sentence on Edwin Curry, 64, having found that his original four-year sentence was “unduly lenient” and a “substantial departure” from the norm.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell said that the abuse was “exceptionally depraved” and that Curry poses a risk of reoffending.

In January last year, Judge Olive Buttimer sentenced Curry to four years’ imprisonment, after he was found guilty of 146 counts of indecent assault by a Kilkenny Circuit Court jury. Curry had denied 146 counts of assaulting five girls aged as young as five in the years 1964 to 1985. He pleaded guilty to 43 counts of sexual assault against four other complainants over the same period.

Patrick Treacy BL, for the state, had argued that four years was “wholly and unduly lenient” for “perhaps the most prolonged and numerous” case of sexual assault “ever to come before an Irish court”.

Mr Treacy said the abuse involved elements of exhibitionism, photography and the keeping of a diary by Curry.

He said that Curry had used enticements such as money, sweets and kittens to lure his victims to a shed where the abuse took place.

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