Clare father jailed for sexually abusing son

Convicted by a Central Criminal Court jury last month
Convicted by a Central Criminal Court jury last month

A Clare father convicted of sexually abusing his son has been jailed for four years.

The 83-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect his victim's identity, was convicted by a Central Criminal Court jury last month of three counts of indecent assault of his son at the family home on dates between 1977 and 1979.

The accused man has previous convictions for sexual abuse of other family members.

He is currently serving a seven year sentence for rape and indecent assault of a niece as well as a four and a half sentence for indecent assault of his daughters.

In his victim impact statement the man told his father: “You took my childhood, education and the foundation of my childhood.”

“I have never felt truly safe in my life – and this is your fault. You stole my life.”

Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy had adjourned the case for sentencing after hearing the case last week to allow her time for reflection upon the appropriate sentence.

Today Ms Justice Murphy said the court was “hugely constrained” in terms of sentencing as the maximum penalty available at the time the offences were committed was two years imprisonment.

She said the maximum penalty was not “in any way commensurate” with the offending.

She noted the man is currently serving prison terms in relation to his other sexual convictions.

Ms Justice Murphy imposed consecutive sentences totalling four years.

The victim was “used as a sexual plaything” by his father, according to prosecuting counsel Conor Devalley, SC. He was subject to oral and anal rape, and was sometimes gagged and restrained, according to Mr Devalley.

The accused, defended by Michael Delaney, BL, spent a number of years during the victim’s childhood abroad.