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Paranoid Paedo Predator who abused his wife's daughters welcomed back to her home as they install security cameras


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John Joe Patterson was spotted carrying
out home improvements after his release
from prison.

John Joe Patterson was spotted carrying out home improvements after his release from prison.

John Joe Patterson was spotted carrying out home improvements after his release from prison.

Sick predator John Joe Patterson has erected a network of CCTV cameras around the Tipperary home where for years he sexually abused his wife's daughters.

Our pictures show the 60-year-old predator wheeling a trolley-load of slabs along the driveway of his home on Tuesday - as his victims' mother cheerfully cuts the grass in the background.

To passing traffic, John Joe and Frances Patterson look like a run-of-the-mill semi-retired couple engaged in a DIY blitz to keep themselves busy during the pandemic.

But neighbours along the quiet stretch of road in Kilclooney, Tipperary, where their bungalow is located, know they are anything but normal.

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Frances Patterson cut the grass while her paedophile husband worked outside

Frances Patterson cut the grass while her paedophile husband worked outside

Frances Patterson cut the grass while her paedophile husband worked outside

Predator John Joe was released from the Midlands Prison on Monday of last week after serving less than five years for the repeated sexual abuse of Frances's daughters Emma and Vanessa.

Frances, meanwhile, turned against her brave daughters after they went to the gardai seeking justice and instead stood steadfast beside the sexual predator she brought into their home.

She held his hand throughout his trial and sentencing hearing in 2015, made weekly visits to him in the Midlands Prison throughout his four years and 11 months inside and even held a party for him at the house on his release.

But neighbours say Patterson's release doesn't seem to be sitting easily on the pair.

"Bar the gathering at his home on the day of his release, he seemed to be keeping to himself and staying out of public view," a source told the Sunday World.

"But then on the Thursday after he got out, he was up a ladder with some security lad putting the cameras up around the house.

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A CCTV camera has been fixed to the front of the bungalow in Tipperary

A CCTV camera has been fixed to the front of the bungalow in Tipperary

A CCTV camera has been fixed to the front of the bungalow in Tipperary
Blitz

"And now the pair of them are engaged in some kind of home improvement blitz.

"It's odd and it's not gone without comment in the locality - but then there's nothing normal about a woman staying with her children's abuser either."

Despite the infrequent sightings by the neighbours, these Sunday World pictures are the first to show the pair together, and John Joe without his mask, since his prison release last week.

This week, one of the girls he abused, Emma Witheroe, welcomed the fact that the country will see her abuser as he looks now.

"I'm delighted the picture of him as he is now will be appearing in the paper," she said.

"Everyone should know what that predator looks like and see him with my mother as well.

"It's sickening to think he has come back into our community like this and worse that our mother has welcomed him back - but then we wouldn't expect anything else from her.

"The fact he has put up the CCTV is very strange. He is the predator. He is the one who is the danger to the community.

"But in a way I'm glad there are cameras around him now, it might stop him doing to someone else what he did to us."

Both Emma and her sister Vanessa, now aged 33 and 29, say Patterson has showed no signs of remorse and fear he could be a threat to others.

The vile pervert was found guilty by unanimous verdict at Nenagh Circuit Court in 2015 of 39 counts of sexual assault on Emma, which began when she was aged nine.

The court heard Patterson would abuse her before giving her €50 and telling her: "Good girl ... Don't tell mammy."

He pleaded guilty to one of three counts of sexually abusing Vanessa, who was also nine when the abuse began.

"Five years was a stupid amount of time to be sentenced, considering how he destroyed our lives for ever," said Emma.

Patterson is originally from Cashel, Co Tipperary, but now lives at the address in Kilclooney, Thurles. He and Frances used to run a Christmas hamper delivery service.

"We don't have a relationship with our mother," said Emma.

"She has seven grandchildren and will never have contact with any of them. That has been the situation for 13 or 14 years now. We will never speak to her again."

At the time Patterson was sentenced, Emma said her mother "totally denied everything she heard and said I was only attention seeking".

In a desperate attempt to get away from Patterson, Emma left the family home when she was 18, taking Vanessa (13) with her.

"I went to my mother for help, as a child should be able to do, but she gave me no help and ignored my plea," she said.

Childhood

Frances Patterson held her husband's hand throughout the 2015 sentencing hearing, which lasted more than three hours.

The couple have two young sons together who do not see their sisters.

Patterson told gardai his only defence was his wife was ill and he was "under pressure".

Judge John Hannan said he represented "the dark underbelly of Irish family life".

He had "destroyed" the sisters' childhood and their relationship with their brothers and mother.

Speaking this week Vanessa said Judge Hannan's quote describing Patterson as the 'dark underbelly of Irish family life' has stuck with her for the last five years.

"He [Patterson] has shown no remorse but he is no longer in prison. He is now the dark underbelly of our community," she said.

Emma and Vanessa's sister Laura added: "What these pictures show is the fact this paedophile, who has never shown remorse and who, despite pleading guilty in court, denies his guilt to this very day, has now returned to the community and expects to live out his life as normal."