Convicted sex offender jailed for nine years for rape of boy (7)

Wed, Dec 12, 2012, 00:00

A convicted sex offender has been jailed for nine years for raping and sexually assaulting a seven-year-old boy in the child’s Kildare home a decade ago.

Clive Dwyer (30) of Mill Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, had pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault, three counts of oral rape and one count of anal rape on dates between January 1st, 1999 and December 31st, 2002.

He was convicted by a jury on all charges at the Central Criminal Court last month.

Dwyer has previous convictions from 2003 relating to the buggery and sexual assault of a male child, for which he received a suspended sentence.

He initially admitted to the sexual abuse when interviewed by gardaí, but during the trial claimed he had only made the admissions because he had been questioned early in the morning before he had a cup of coffee.

Mr Justice George Birmingham said there had been overwhelming evidence against Dwyer and “no expression of remorse or regret” on his part. He said the offences were “grave” but noted Dwyer has himself been the victim of sexual abuse. He imposed a nine-year jail term with five years post-release supervision.