12 years for Cavan man who repeatedly raped niece

A Cavan bachelor who developed "a distorted conception" of his then five to 15-years-old niece as his "life's partner" has been jailed for 12 years by Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court.

A Cavan bachelor who developed "a distorted conception" of his then five to 15-years-old niece as his "life partner" has been jailed for 12 years by Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court.

Charlie Dunne (aged 65), of Carnalynch, Bailieborough raped and sexually assaulted the victim regularly on dates from 1971 to 1982 in Counties Cavan, Dublin and Wicklow.

The victim who was first raped on the top of a haystack by Dunne around the time of her First Holy Communion told Mr Justice Carney she wanted him "publicly named and shamed" in the media.

"The effects of what was done to me by this man led me to very nearly ending my own life," she said.

Dunne pleaded guilty last July to four sample charges of rape and ten of indecently assaulting her. There were some 93 charges on the indictment before the court. He had no previous convictions.

Mr Justice Carney certified that he is to be registered as a sex offender and he found it hard to accept Dunne was genuinely remorseful because he spoke out of "one side of his mouth to psychologists in the Granada Institute but out of the other side to his lawyers in the judicial review courts".

Detective Garda Gerald Barry told prosecuting counsel, Mr Paul O'Higgins SC (with Ms Monica Lawlor BL), said the victim lodged her complaint with gardaí in 2001.

She told how Dunne abused her in her own home, in other relative's homes and in his car. He would often get her to masturbate him to ejaculation as well as to perform oral sex on him while he drove.

Det Gda Barry told Mr O'Higgins that Dunne first raped the victim around the time of her First Holy Communion.

The victim told gardaí it was the most painful experience of her life and she bled profusely. He raped her another time on a Christmas Eve when she was too ill to go to Midnight Mass and got into her bed even though there were other relatives in the house at the time.

Dunne told gardaí that he preferred masturbation to full sexual penetration because it was "safer" and he expressed regrets for his abuse of the victim.

Det. Gda Barry agreed with defence counsel, Mr John Aylmer SC that gardaí called unannounced to Dunne's residence at about 7pm on March 28, 2001 shortly after the victim lodged her complaint. He would not have known about her complaint or that the gardaí were coming.

Det. Gda Barry agreed with Mr Aylmer that Dunne "was forthcoming" in his replies when questioned and admitted his wrongdoing. There was "a lengthy investigation" into the allegations against Dunne by the victim in this case and two other complainants.

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