A father who put his daughter through “hell on earth” over more then a decade of sexual abuse has today been jailed for 14 years.
The 49-year-old man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was found guilty following a Central Criminal Court trial last month, of multiple counts of buggery, indecent assault and rape of his daughter on dates between 1986 and 2000.
The young woman outlined in a victim impact statement, which was read to the court, the physical pain which the sexual abuse had caused her and how she prayed he would die or she would die so it would end.
She said her father beat her during and after the rapes and she never received any medical attention for her injuries in case the authorities were alerted. She said she asked him many times to stop but he kept doing it and showed no remorse.
“I will never be right again,” she said.
“That man put me through hell and back. I don’t know how I am alive today. I am trying to put my life back together but most of the time I want to die.” She described how she lived “in total fear” all her life.
She said she was angry that no one had helped her and said she did not know what a normal life was. “I wonder will I be able to get on like anyone else” she said, “Will this be my first Christmas?”
Mr Justice Barry White noted the man had shown no remorse and he imposed concurrent sentences totalling 14 years.
A garda told Mr Paul Burns SC, prosecuting, that, from the time the girl was six-years-old until she was an adult, she was subjected to repeated sexual abuse, apart from a number of years when her father was absent.
The abuse began with buggery when she was six years old which caused bleeding and caused her difficulty going to the toilet. Her father would make her perform oral sex “any chance he got”.
When she was about 11-years-old, her father began orally and anally raping her. She was 13 when her father began raping her and the abuse continued until she was an adult.
Her father denied any wrong-doing when arrested and interviewed by gardaí.
Mr Burns said the Director of Public Prosecution’s view was that this case lay at the top end of the scale and the aggravating factors included the age of the victim and the length of time the abuse went on.
Mr Martin Giblin SC, defending, submitted that a prison sentence would be more difficult for the convicted man as he will be on 23-hour lock-up and would have virtually no contact with the prison population.
He asked the court to take into account the fact the man no relevant previous convictions and was in bad health.