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'Dalkey House of Horrors' victim names members of paedophile sex ring

Crime DeskBy Nicola Tallant
Cynthia Owen
Cynthia Owen

HOUSE of Horrors victim Cynthia Owen has publicly named six men she claims were members of the Dalkey paedophile ring that abused her.

The mother of murdered newborn Noleen Murphy, born as a result of rape, said she has nothing left to lose and wants the world to see the men she claims her parents pimped her out to for drink and cigarettes.

She has alleged that she was raped by all six, as well as others who have since passed away and members of her own family. Nobody has been prosecuted in relation to Noleen, Ireland’s youngest murder victim, or the shocking catalogue of abuse at the family home.

In an extraordinary move this week she has published the names and photos of the men she accuses and challenged them to sue.

She said: “Today it ends, no more silence. Hit me with your best shot, what have I to lose? You already took two of my children, and my three siblings, you already took my body, my mind, my heart and my soul. But here’s one thing you’re not getting, my courage.

“Today, I show the world what I looked like while you were raping me, and what you looked like too. Today, you live with it, I have had to live with it for all these years. Now it’s your turn.”

Cynthia, who a Coroner’s Court found was the mother of baby Noleen, has unveiled the so-called ‘Sorrento Six’ for the first time.

All six have vehemently denied that they raped her as a young child or were part of a paedophile ring. No other allegations of a sexual nature have been made against any of the men, three of whom are retired gardaí.

Cynthia said she finally made the decision to name her alleged abusers after she received a letter from the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, just days before Christmas, saying that she would not be taking any further action in her case, in line with an Independent review Panel’s decision.

“I am devastated that the minister accepted the recommendation, despite my handing in a petition last April of almost 12,500 signatures calling for an inquiry into this matter,” said Cynthia.

“I am now appealing for other victims to come forward to help to corroborate my allegations. I know there are other victims and I would urge them to contact Dun Laoghaire Garda Station.”

Last year, all six men were re-interviewed by gardaí as part of a fresh probe into the case. For the eighth time, the DPP directed that no prosecutions be brought, as it was the word of Cynthia against that of the men she accused.

Gardaí have been investigating the complex case since 1995. She accused her mother Josephine of murdering Noleen by stabbing her with knitting needles.

Peter and Josephine Murphy

A catalogue of rape and abuse was uncovered in the family home of sick paedophiles Peter and Josephine Murphy. Of the six female children raised in the Murphy house, five have said they were either abused or knew about the abuse.

One, a niece, Theresa, who was reared by her grandparents, died by suicide in 2005, but left a 32-page note detailing how she was raped along with her brother Michael, who was found dead more than two years after he disappeared.

Another brother, Martin, also took his own life in the family home after telling relatives he couldn’t cope with the abuse.

In 2005, following years of counselling, Cynthia made further statements alleging that her parents also pimped her out to a sex ring in Dalkey headed by a former Garda.

Incredibly, her parents Peter and Josephine went to their graves without ever spending a day in prison or standing trial for a horrific litany of crimes against their children.

The Sunday World also revealed how amid a catalogue of errors in the probe into baby Noleen’s murder, vital evidence and official Garda reports have gone missing, the infant was buried in a mass grave, which is unheard of for a murder victim, and there were allegations of forged statements.