Appeal court upholds sentence for sexual abuse of daughter

The Court of Criminal Appeal has upheld a 9 year sentence imposed on a sexual offender described as a “skilful and careful predator”.

Appeal court upholds sentence for sexual abuse of daughter

The Court of Criminal Appeal has upheld a nine year sentence imposed on a sexual offender described as a “skilful and careful predator”.

The 46-year-old man challenged the sentence he received after he pleaded guilty to sexually abusing his daughter, his cousin and young sister-in-law on dates between 1986 and 2003.

The 46-year-old man began sexually abusing his daughter in 1998 when she was 9 years old. The abuse continued for the next five years, mostly at the family home.

In October 2010, the man was given a nine year sentence with three years suspended at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court by Judge Patrick McCartan, who described him as a predator.

Today the man who appealed against the severity of his sentence on grounds that the judge failed to fully factor in his guilty plea, his two years undergoing psychotherapy, and his ruined career.

It was also argued that the judge had paid too much attention to extraneous factors like the man’s alleged refusal to leave the family home when the abuse was first reported.

But his appeal has been dismissed by the Court which has found no error in sentencing for what it described as "very serious offences involving the greatest possible breach of trust".

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