DPP v D (J)
1998 WJSC-CCC 5444
CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
CRIMINAL LAW (RAPE) (AMDT) ACT 1990 S4
CRIMINAL LAW (RAPE) (AMDT) ACT 1990 S2
Sentencing; paedophiliac acts; accused found guilty of sexual assualt and rape; child victims; whether accused should receive a custodial sentence; factors to be taken into consideration; admission of guilt Held : Custodial sentence imposed; accused to receive sexual therapy
Central Criminal Court: Flood J. 29/07/1997
D.P.P. v. J.D.
29th day of July1997. Mr. Justice Feargus M. Flood
The Accused in this matter has pleaded guilty to four counts of rape contrary to Section 4 of the Criminal Law Rape (Amendment) Act,1990and three courts of sexual assault contrary to Section 2 of the Criminal Law Rape (Amendment) Act,1990.
The underlining facts of this case are these.
In August 1991 Ann K. O'H and her husband B came to reside in a coastal town in the County of Galway with their then two daughters. T aged 16 and F aged 9. Her youngest daughter, Sarah was born shortly thereafter.
Her brother-in-law, Ulick O'H and his wife and two children V. O'H and A. O'H resided nearby. These two children were aged between 5 and 12.
S. O'H, a sister of the fathers of both families came to reside nearby and some time later the Accused, an American citizen whom S. O'H had met on holidays came to Ireland and went to reside with S. O'H. He was accepted by the extended family as something of an uncle-like figure. He befriended all the children giving them sweets and indeed acted from time to time as baby-sitter for the respective families. S.O'H, his partner worked during the week and sometimes at weekends and the Accused would be in their house and the children would come up to him.
In September 1996, it came to the knowledge of Ann K. O'H through a conversation with her daughter that the Accused used to play games with the children in his home requiring them to strip while he stripped and also requiring them to lick his penis and on occasion he put his tongue in their vaginas and carried out other acts of a crude sexual description.
It would appear that this conduct had...
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