A man who indecently assaulted two of his nephews over a 10-year period nearly 40 years ago has been given a three-year and nine months suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today.
The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, committed the offences on the then six-year-old and ten-year-old boys when he was aged between 13 and 15 years of age and between 20 and 24 years of age.
On one occasion he gave one of his nephews a IR£5 note after he indecently assaulted him and placed the money in a drawer but when the nephew went to get the money to buy an ice-cream, the money was gone.
The now 53-year-old man pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting one of his nephews on dates unknown between January 1, 1971 and December 31, 1973.
He also pleaded guilty to four sample counts of indecently assaulting the second nephew by fondling his private area and making the nephew perform a sex act on dates unknown between January 1, 1978 and March 31, 1981.
He pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting the same nephew on dates unknown between January 1, 1978 and June 2, 1981.
Garda Keith Brennan told Ms Roisin Lacey BL, prosecuting, that the incidents of indecent assault occurred at several locations in Dublin.
One of the nephews, who is now 45, told gardaí he recalled being aged between six and eight years when his uncle, who was 13 at the time, followed him into his parents bedroom.
In his statement the nephew said the accused would “fondle him” and make him perform a sex act on him to its conclusion.
The accused also performed oral sex on his nephew and other indecent acts.
The abuse stopped after a number of years when the nephew raised his voice at the accused and told him he would “tell his grandmother”.
“It all stopped then,” the nephew told gardaí.
Ms Aileen Donnelly SC, defending said the accused “apologises sincerely and expresses his sincere regret to his two victims, to the court and to the people of Ireland”.
Judge Patrick McCartan said “there is little to be achieved by sending this man to prison.”
“He has been well and truly punished in other ways,” said Judge McCartan, without going into details.
He said the accused has been attending the Granada Institute and is “at a low risk of re-offending”.
“It is a safe and reasonable expectation that there won’t be a reoccurrence,” said Judge McCartan, who placed the accused’s name on the sex offender’s register.