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'Vile human being' Child sex beast housed just 750 metres from victim after release from jail

"How can this be okay? He will walk across the top of my street every two days when he signs on at the garda station"

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Nugent warned his victims that their parents would die of a stroke if they told

Nugent warned his victims that their parents would die of a stroke if they told

Nugent warned his victims that their parents would die of a stroke if they told

Sex-beast road sweeper John Nugent has been housed just 750 metres from the home of one of his victims after being released from prison.

The serial child predator was released from prison this week - after serving just three years in jail for abusing three sisters, aged six to 12 years old.

During eight evil years of abuse, he warned the girls their parents would die of stroke if they knew the truth.

He also blackmailed one of the girls - telling her that he wouldn't touch her sisters if she let him do it.

After being released, Nugent took a taxi home to Wexford town where his first stop was at the offices of his former council employers to meet with social workers.

Shockingly, one of Nugent's victims later learned he has been given a flat in the town - just 750 metres from the home she shares with her husband and children.

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Our man Patrick talks to one survivor

Our man Patrick talks to one survivor

Our man Patrick talks to one survivor

Sick

"I feel sick that they have put him so close to me," she told the Sunday World.

"He is evil…and he is still dangerous. How can this be okay? He will walk across the top of my street every two days when he signs on at the garda station."

Horrific details of the vile pervert's abuse of the three girls, and the ways in which he manipulated them into not telling their parents, emerged during his court case just three years ago.

Nugent molested the three girls when they were as young as six, and it continued up until they were 12.

"We only found out the full extent of what he did to each of us in the court when our statements were read out," the woman told the Sunday World.

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John Nugent is pictured this week in Wexford town

John Nugent is pictured this week in Wexford town

John Nugent is pictured this week in Wexford town

"That was the first time each of us learned fully what he had done to the others. He is a vile human being.

"I think he should have stayed in that prison until the day he dies. He is still a danger to children and women," she added.

During his trial it emerged that in one instant he warned one of the sisters her parents would die of a stroke if they were told.

And on another occasion he told one of the girls, she later said, "if I let him he wouldn't touch my sisters".

Abuse

At the time of the abuse, from 1987 to 1995, the girls lived nearby and ran errands for Nugent, who was then in his 40s.

They would call and collect money before walking to the shop to buy cigarettes for him.

In a statement made at Wexford Garda Station in 2014, one of the sisters said that, on one occasion, Nugent pretended he had her youngest sister, who was just a toddler, in his house in order to scare the girl and lure her inside to protect her sister from him.

She said: "But she wasn't in there and then he locked the front door and put the keys in his pocket.

"He grabbed me and threw me down on to the sofa and I hit my head off something.

"He told me there was no point in fighting it, that this is going to happen.

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Reign of terror lasted from 1987 to 1995

Reign of terror lasted from 1987 to 1995

Reign of terror lasted from 1987 to 1995

"He said if I let him he wouldn't touch my sisters. Before he said that I was screaming, crying, and saying, 'let me go', but then I just lay there."

In total Nugent was charged with 105 sample charges of indecent assault and sexual assault between 1987 and 1995.

He admitted 38 counts, while the rest were taken into consideration.

One of Nugent's victims said she was grateful that people will be warned that the predator has returned.

"I'm thankful that people will be told he's back but he shouldn't have been let come back to this town," she said. "He is pure evil.

"He told my sister that if my parents found out what he was doing, they would die of a stroke. My mam's mam died at an early age of a stroke and her uncle also.

"So that was in our heads anyway and he knew that. He used that against us.

"I was the first to go to the gardaí. And then my sisters did. I was tormented by what he had done to me and I was struggling to live with it.

Fear

"I had nightmares that he was doing it to other people.

"That fear that he could still be doing this was with me all the time."

Asked her thoughts on Nugent's effective three-year sentence, the young woman told the Sunday World that at the time they were "glad that he got any kind of sentence at all, because we were told because of his age he might get away with it".

"But, after everything he did to us, to be back now in this town after just three years, it's sickening.

"He was up in court again for sexually assaulting a woman in Wexford town shortly before he was jailed for what he did to us...he will always be dangerous."

The Sunday World confronted Nugent on Friday after he had arrived back to Wexford, where he initially denied having sexually abused his three young victims.

"Is there anything you would like to say to the three little girls you abused?" our reporter asked.

"Who?" The predator responded.

"To the three little girls you abused. Is there anything you would like to say to them?"

"No, I didn't abuse any girls," the pervert shot back.

"John, you were convicted of it," our journalist persisted.

"You were sent to jail for abusing three little girls."

"Well I've nothing to say," the depraved sex beast responded angrily.

"You also told them their parents would die of a stroke if they told them what you were doing to them," our reporter put it to Nugent.

"No, I never say things like that," the pensioner lied.

"Do you feel ashamed of what you did to those girls, John?" we asked.

"Do you have any sense of shame for what you did to those children in those eight years?

"Can you even say sorry?"

For the first time, since his victims went to the gardaí, Nugent did at this stage in our interview indicate he felt some level of remorse.

"I'll say sorry, yeah," he said begrudgingly as the taxi door closed prior to his being driven away.

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