78-year-old Carlow man raped his niece and grandniece

A Carlow man who regularly raped his niece and grandniece has been given a 10-year sentence with the final three years suspended.

78-year-old Carlow man raped his niece and grandniece

Michael Moran, aged 78, of Oldtown, Nurney, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to three sample charges of rape of his grandniece on dates between October 2003 and June 2009 in Co Carlow and to seven sample charges of rape of the second victim on dates between January 1983 and March 1989.

Patrick Treacy, prosecuting, said that while the victims did not want to be named in the media, they did not wish to interfere with Moran being identified.

Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan said Moran’s actions had caused great suffering and trauma to the victims. She said the man had preyed upon the innocent girls for his sexual gratification.

She noted he had entered an early guilty plea, expressed remorse, co-operated with gardaí, and had been of previous good character.

The older woman, who is now 41 years old, told gardaí the man raped her every three or four weeks. She recalled Moran first sexually assaulting her when she was eight years old and outlined specific incidents.

The younger victim, now 23, told gardaí Moran gave her money after raping her. The abuse began when she was 11 years old.

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