Offaly man guilty of sex abuse of daughters and stepdaughters

Wed, Feb 20, 2013, 00:00

An Offaly man has been convicted at the Central Criminal Court of sexually abusing four girls.

The defendant’s two daughters and two stepdaughters had all given evidence that they were abused during their childhood by the now 64-year-old man.

The accused denied all of the allegations made against him and claimed the women were lying.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identities of his victims, had pleaded not guilty to 100 charges of sex assault and oral rape of four girls on dates between May 1989 and December 2006.

The eldest complainant, the man’s stepdaughter, had told the jury that her first memory of being abused by him was while she was wearing her Communion dress waiting in the hallway to go to church.

The jury of six men and six women took just over 10 hours of deliberation to return all of their verdicts on the balance of the counts on day 10 of the trial.

Mr Justice Barry White registered the man as a sex offender and ordered the preparation of victim impact reports.