Man sentenced to seven years for 'depraved' abuse of nephew

The man, who cannot be named to protect his victim's identity, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court in Co Donegal.

Man sentenced to seven years for 'depraved' abuse of nephew

A man in his 70s who abused his young nephew in a shed over a number of years has been jailed for seven years.

The man, who cannot be named to protect his victim's identity, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court in Co Donegal.

The boy was aged just 6 when the assaults by the farmer began in 1979.

The man had protested his innocence up until the morning of his trial on December 12, last year when he finally pleaded guilty before the case was due to start.

Some details of the horrific abuse were given in court as Judge John Aylmer passed sentence on the man.

Judge Aylmer revealed how the boy was assaulted when he went to visit his aunt's house while his mother was in hospital on occasion.

Judge Aylmer said the assaults were of the "most depraved nature" and ranked at the upper end of the scale of such offences.

Members of the man's family including his wife sat in court while the details were given and supported him.

The boy was also shown pornography in the kitchen of the house and was warned by his uncle that he would face serious consequences if he told anybody at what had happened.

The abuse had had a profound effect on the boy's life and he drank alcohol excessively and lost his marriage as a result.

Passing sentence Judge Aylmer said there were strong aggravating factors including the level and force of the violence used against the boy on a monthly basis over five years.

He said there were some mitigating factors in the accused man's favour including his plea, albeit coming late in the day and that he had not come to Garda attention since 1984.

Judge Aylmer accepted evidence from the man's wife that he is remorseful, that he suffers from serious depression and that he is not in good health.

He added that the accused will find prison difficult and that he has been undergoing counselling for the past four years.

He jailed the man for a total of seven years.

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