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Sick's in the city Stepdad who abused stepdaughter over two years offers no apology for his crimes

Reginald Arnold - who told his young victim he would "ride her" and tied her up with a belt and stripped her - got a nine-year sentence for the perverted attacks on the girl.

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Our exclusive photos show Arnold on his way from the prison

Our exclusive photos show Arnold on his way from the prison

Reginald Arnold

Reginald Arnold

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Our exclusive photos show Arnold on his way from the prison

A man jailed for the sexual abuse and attempted rape of his stepdaughter was released from prison this week - but didn't apologise for his crimes.

Reginald Arnold - who told his young victim he would "ride her" and tied her up with a belt and stripped her - got a nine-year sentence for the perverted attacks on the girl.

This week, after being released from custody having served his time, the Cork man declined the opportunity to say sorry.

When approached by the Sunday World, a young man who identified himself as a close relative pushed into the way.

"No, go away. Go away, bud. I don't care…" he said, pushing his arm at our man.

"I'd advise you… Don't even follow him, don't even follow him," he added in a threatening manner.

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A claiming to be a relative of Arnold’s speaks to our man Eamon (left)

A claiming to be a relative of Arnold’s speaks to our man Eamon (left)

A claiming to be a relative of Arnold’s speaks to our man Eamon (left)

Asked to stop touching our reporter, the relative then said: "Can you see the man, the way he's walking? Leave him alone and don't follow him."

Frail Arnold then shuffled back to their car and sat inside, ready to restart his life after prison.

In a victim impact report read in court during his 2014 trial, the girl he attacked said she still suffers from nightmares, fearing her attacker will come back to get her and hurt her family.

Nightmares

"I find it very hard to be around men. I do not trust men, I have no confidence in myself. I was always such a happy child. I will never get over what happened to me, this will stay with me forever," she said.

"I get nightmares he will come back to get me and hurt my family. He has totally destroyed my belief in myself."

"I was only a child and he was a monster to me. I will never get over this," she stated.

She had waived her right to anonymity to allow Arnold to be named. He began abusing her when she was 12, the same year he married her mother.

During his 2014 trial at which the judge remarked he showed no remorse, the sex monster denied the sickening attacks which took place "whenever he could".

His decision to plead not guilty meant that the victim had to giver evidence in court and face cross-examination by his defence counsel.

The victim had described to gardai a number of incidents involving touching, masturbation, being tied to a bed and attempted rape.

On one occasion Arnold touched her private parts after handing her a €10 note and telling her to be a good girl.

In another attack they were watching TV together and he took his trousers and underwear off and forced her to masturbate him.

He attempted to rape her in 2009, when she was 14, after telling her: "I'm going to ride you". The attack stopped when he heard two knocks at the front door.

During an attack the following year Arnold went into her bedroom and took a belt from her wardrobe and tied her wrists with it.

He pulled her arms up over her head and pulled her clothes and underwear down.

Terrified

He then sat looking at her for five minutes before untying her hands and leaving. The court heard the girl was "particularly terrified" during this incident.

Arnold would sexually assault the victim "any time he got a chance" by molesting her when he thought no-one was looking, the court was told.

A jury found Arnold, from Togher, Cork, guilty of four counts of sexually assaulting and one count of attempted rape of the girl at his home between April 2008 and August 2010.

After a four-day trial the jury also found him guilty of restricting the personal liberty of a child for sexual exploitation.

It was heard Arnold had an alcohol abuse problem from an early age and he has previous convictions going back to the 1970s, including burglaries and assaults.

The trial judge said there was no remorse shown by Arnold.

He suspended the last two years of an 11-year prison term on condition that Arnold comply with the instructions of the Probation Services.

Appeal

During an appeal submission in 2016 it was said that the original judge failed to warn the jury about a conflict of evidence between the victim and another witness, but that was dismissed.

Turning to the question of sentence, an appeal court judge said there had been no guilty plea which meant the scope for mitigation and leniency was reduced.

The court accepted that the then defence counsel was, as one would expect, restrained and respectable in his cross examination of the victim.

Sentence

"But in truth that is what is to be expected," the judge said.

Overall, he said the sentence could not be said to fall outside the range of sentences available to the trial judge and the sentence appeal was dismissed.


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