‘You deal with paedophile’

The woman who was sexually abused by a wheelchair-bound paedophile when she was a teenager said it is up to the courts and prison service to deal with him in whatever way they see fit.

‘You deal with paedophile’

Martin Davoren, aged 61, from from Corcullen, Moycullen, Co Galway, was due to start a five-year term on Tuesday but was sent home due to a lack of suitable facilities at Castlerea Prison.

Davoren, who has been paralysed from the waist down since he was involved in a road-traffic accident when he was 22 years old, could not be accommodated by prison authorities due to his disability and medical needs.

His victim, Sarah Clancy, yesterday said she had discharged her responsibility by seeing the case through to this point and it was now up to the courts and prison service to deal with Davoren.

“Mr Davoren was sentenced to five years’ custodial sentence to run concurrently for each of 12 sample charges of having indecently assaulted me when I was a child and adolescent,” she said.

“I pursued the case against Mr Davoren in the public interest, and on the basis that our society should in fact sanction those who abuse children.

“I believe I have discharged my responsibility by seeing this case through to this point. It is now up to the courts and the prison service to deal with him in whatever way they see fit.

“I am aware that his health needs are complicated and I hope that he will be afforded whatever care he needs and his human dignity will be respected.”

Davoren had pleaded guilty to 12 sample charges of indecently assaulting Ms Clancy on dates between September 1, 1986 and July 31, 1988; when she was between 13 and 15 years of age.

Ms Clancy, who waived her right to anonymity at the sentence hearing, said in her victim impact statement that Davoren had done all he could do to her when assaulting her.

“He assaulted me as frequently as he could and to the full extent that he was able and over as long a period as he could,” she said.

“The abuse finally stopped when I became old and assertive enough to stop it. It did not end because of action on his part to stop it.”

It is believed that efforts are continuing to make arrangements at Castlerea Prison to accommodate Davoren so that he can begin his five-year sentence.

A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service said they do not comment on individual prisoners.

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