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Vile abuse Sicko pigeon racer Christy O'Toole named as a child sex abuser after brave victim waives right to anonymity

Victim recalls three years of abuse from age four


Christy O’Toole was sentenced to eight years.

Christy O’Toole was sentenced to eight years.

Patrick O’Connell talking with Christy O’Toole’s victim

Patrick O’Connell talking with Christy O’Toole’s victim


Christy O’Toole was sentenced to eight years.

Pigeon racer Christy O'Toole can be unmasked as a convicted child sex abuser for the first time today - as his victim waives her anonymity following his release from prison.

Our pictures show Sallynoggin man O'Toole (59) leaving Arbour Hill on Friday after he served five years in prison on 42 counts of abusing a young relative in the early 1980s.

Approached by the Sunday World as he exited the Dublin jail he told us: "I know you're not going to believe me and I know everyone says this but I didn't do anything wrong."

O'Toole was sentenced to eight years in prison with one suspended in December of 2015 - but for the first time his victim has given a public account of the ordeal he subjected her to over a three-year period stretching from 1983 to 1986.

Despite waiving her anonymity so O'Toole can be named, the Sunday World still cannot identify the victim due to a separate Court of Appeal ruling blocking the identification of child victims of crime.

"The main thing for me in giving this interview is that people will now know what he is and that he is a danger," O'Toole's victim told the Sunday World.


Patrick O’Connell talking with Christy O’Toole’s victim

Patrick O’Connell talking with Christy O’Toole’s victim

Patrick O’Connell talking with Christy O’Toole’s victim

"I was aged between four and six years old when he abused me.

"My mam used to drop me to his mother's for me to be minded when she went to work. He was this woman's son and he lived there."

Recalling the nature of the abuse O'Toole, who was then in his 20s, subjected her to, the woman shudders.

"It was as if he always used to know if I was coming up to the stairs to use the bathroom," she recalled

"In that house, when you walked up the stairs, his bedroom would be to the right.

"And as I'd walk by the bedroom door would be open and he'd be standing in front of the mirror masturbating."

On other occasions, the woman said O'Toole would bring the four-year-old into the bathroom.

"He'd bring me in there," she recalled, "and he'd lie on the ground and he'd pull down his trousers and get me to rub shower gel and stuff into him and then get me to masturbate him … basically.

"I was four years old when this started… I didn't have a clue what he was making me do."

The woman said in the years after the abuse she struggled greatly with depression and self-harm.

"It was New Year's Eve 1999," she said, "and I was in the John of God's with depression and self-harm that I spoke to the doctors about it."

It was only after the birth of her daughter that the woman decided to report the abuse.

"I didn't go to the gardaí until after I had my daughter and she's nine now," the woman told the Sunday World. "After I had her, I started having horrific nightmares, nightmares about her being abused.

"According to the psychologist, that was my trigger for remembering everything and everything becoming clearer in my head.

"Before that I had kind of pushed it to one side and tried to just get on with life.

"But when she was born, I went into a severe depression and I went into counselling.

Two years after the birth of her daughter, the woman did make a formal complaint against O'Toole.

"My daughter was about two years old, I decided to go to the gardaí," she said. "It was done through the Health Centre in Dún Laoghaire because there are social workers there.

"I went to them first and they reported it to the gardaí and then the guards came to my house for a statement.

"And I can honestly say from the moment Detective Kieran Murphy first spoke to me I felt believed and that I would get justice.

"It wasn't ever really about him (O'Toole) getting a sentence.

"I just wanted him to know I remembered what he'd done to me and I wanted other people to know him for what he really is."

Describing the week of the trial, the woman said: "The court case itself was horrific. He denied it all the way through. He never showed any remorse and he never ever apologised.

"In his eyes it just didn't happen … and even after he was convicted, there was never any show of remorse or apology."

In total, O'Toole was charged with 50 counts of sexual assault on the young girl, of which he was convicted on 42 counts and acquitted of eight others.

"When the jury came back, there were 50 charges altogether, and they went through them one by one," the woman said.

"For the first few charges they read out: 'Not guilty; not guilty; not guilty.'

"And I just sank into the bench. … I withered. As they were calling out the not guilty verdicts, he turned around and I could see him grinning.

"His body language just screamed to me: 'I've got away with it.'

"And then they got to count 43 and that was the last not guilty. From 42 down they found him guilty. He literally went from sitting there grinning to holding his head in his hands as if to block it out.

"And I just thought to myself: 'I got you, you f**king b*****d, I got you!'

Asked why she is speaking out now, the woman said she believes the people of Sallynoggin should know of O'Toole's crimes.

"During the court case, he swanned around Sallynoggin like nothing was happening.

"But people who do what he did are dangerous … and people need to know that and be able to protect their children from them."

Sentencing O'Toole in 2015, Judge Gerard O'Brien noted there was no remorse from O'Toole and the only clear mitigating factor was that he had no previous convictions.

He imposed an eight-year sentence and suspended the final year on strict conditions.

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