Louth sex offender pleads guilty to raping daughters

A convicted Louth sex offender has pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping his daughters.

A convicted Louth sex offender has pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping his daughters.

The 54-year-old man is currently serving a prison sentence for indecently assaulting three other females.

He pleaded guilty today to raping one daughter on a date in 1984, and to three counts of raping a second daughter as well as seven charges of indecently assaulting her on dates from 1980 to 1988.

Mr Justice Barry White directed that his name be added to the register of sexual offenders and remanded him in custody for sentence in June.

The 11 charges to which he pleaded guilty were sample counts from the 33 on the indictment. He cannot be named in media reports for legal reasons.

Detective Garda Gerry Murray of Dundalk who is in charge of the case will give evidence at the sentence hearing of all the crimes which happened in the family home.

Ms Aileen Donnelly SC (with Ms Karen O'Connor BL) for the prosecution and defence counsel, Mr Roddy O'Hanlon SC (with Ms Anne B Rowland BL), told Mr Justice White that the sample counts were agreed on the basis that evidence of all the offences would be given.

The man is serving a two-and-a-half year sentence imposed on him by Judge Michael O'Shea at Dundalk Circuit Criminal Court on January 30, 2007 for six indecent assault offences involving three victims.

Judge O'Shea also ordered at that hearing that he undergo three years post-release supervision and that his name be placed on the sex offenders' register for ten years.

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