Cork man sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend's daughter

Cork man sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend's daughter

A Cork man will be sentenced later for sexually assaulting his former partner’s 13-year-old daughter while he babysat the girl.

Detective Garda Frank Morgan revealed that the man gave the teenager over cans of beer before he abused her in her bed.

The man (34), who cannot be named to protect the victim’s identity, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the girl on  May 22, 2013. He has no previous convictions.

Det Gda Morgan told Timothy O’Leary SC, prosecuting, that the man’s ex-partner left him to babysit while she was away overnight. The court heard though the romantic relationship had ended, the couple had split on good terms.

Det Gda Morgan said the man left the house that evening to go drinking and visit the bookies. He returned later and shared four and a half cans of alcohol with the 13-year-old girl, before she went to bed.

The man then went into her room and put his finger into her vagina, while he pinned her down.

Det Gda Morgan said the girl later told gardai that the man had also tried to put his penis into her vagina during the 20 minute assault.

The man told gardai that though he couldn’t remember everything, he accepted all of the girl’s allegations against him “if she is saying that.”

The teenager revealed in a victim impact statement read out in court, how she suffers flashbacks, panic attacks and feels claustrophobic in the classroom.

She said she experiences daily “outbursts of anger which my family find impossible to deal with” and that her family are “always walking on eggshells” around her.

Det Gda Morgan agreed with Thomas Creed SC, defending, that his client had consumed “quite a bit of alcohol” and that his drinking had caused the split with the girl’s mother.

The detective further agreed that the man had expressed genuine remorse for what had happened and presented at the garda station a short time after the attack.

Mr Creed asked Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy to take into consideration his client’s full co-operation, his early guilty plea, his remorse and previous good character.

The judge remanded the man in custody pending sentence next Monday.