Board was unable to provide therapy for sex offender


THERAPY in England had to be arranged by a woman for her mildly mentally handicapped brother who raped and buggered an eight-year-old neighbour in Cork, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Mrs Justice McGuinness said Dr David Dunne, who assessed the defendant, seemed to find it extraordinary that a place for the teenager could not be provided by the Southern Health Board. She adjourned the case to January 20th, 1998, to allow the teenager, now 17, to continue treatment in Middlesex, as recommended by his probation officer, Ms Maria Gibbons.

The defendant will live with his sister in London.

In October the youth pleaded guilty to raping and sexually assaulting the girl on October 31st, 1993, when he was 14. He was then remanded in custody.

The defendant's sister had told Mr Barry White SC, defending, her brother was "surrounded by a wall of silence" which was only beginning to be broken down by the treatment in England.