Man could face 14-years for sexually assaulting his nephew’s young friend

Man could face 14-years for sexually assaulting his nephew’s young friend

A Dublin man could face up to 14 years in jail for sexually assaulting his nephew’s young friend, a court has heard.

The man (62), who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the then 11-year-old boy at his nephew’s house on May 19, 2013.

Garda Liam Healy told Maddie Grant BL, prosecuting, that the man fondled the boy’s private parts after he had sat him on his knee in the living room when nobody else was present. He then touched the boy’s bottom.

Gda Healy said the incident lasted a number of seconds and finished when another person called to the front door of the house.

The court heard that the boy returned to his own home later, but couldn’t sleep that night because of the incident.

He complained to his mother after school the next day about what had happened and she notified gardai. The man, who has no previous convictions, made full admissions in interview.

Gda Healy agreed with Sarah-Jane O’Callaghan BL, defending, that her client expressed “genuine remorse” for his actions to gardaí.

Ms O’Callaghan submitted to Judge Martin Nolan that her client had suffered a number of personal tragedies in recent times and had been defrauded of his life savings.

She said as a result he had no compensation at present to offer the boy.

Counsel submitted that her client had been sexually abused by his uncle as a child and that he was now attending counselling for this and other tragedies in his background.

Ms Grant told the judge that because of the victim’s young age, the maximum penalty for the crime is 14 years in jail.

Judge Nolan remanded the man, who has previously been placed on the Sex Offenders Register, on continuing bail for his sentence finalisation on Monday.