Man who raped daughter from age nine claimed she had initiated the sex

Man told gardaí daughter was a compulsive liar and she enjoyed sexual intercourse

The man pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to nine counts of rape committed on dates between October 2011 and April 2017. Photograph: Reuters

The man pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to nine counts of rape committed on dates between October 2011 and April 2017. Photograph: Reuters

 

A man who began raping his daughter when she was nine later claimed to gardaí that she had initiated the sex, a court has heard.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the child’s anonymity, told gardaí his daughter was a compulsive liar and that she enjoyed the sexual intercourse.

The man pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to nine counts of rape committed on dates between October 2011 and April 2017.

In her victim impact statement, which was read out in court, the young woman said her father controlled her and made her too scared to report the attacks. She said she didn’t know anything about sex when he first raped her and didn’t know it was wrong until she became older.

The girl said she was raped twice a week until she was aged 14, saying “I was used to it, it was part of my week”.

She said the abuse took part of her childhood away and had left her angry and sad.

“He was supposed to care for me. He was so controlling over me. He was the boss of the house,” she said.

After the victim went to gardaí her father told them his daughter had initiated the sexual activity by tickling him.

He claimed he was shocked and said he did not enjoy it. He denied providing pregnancy test kits for the victim.

The child told gardaí that her father raped her on 10 occasions in between taking one pregnancy test and another and would rape her in the house “any time he had a chance”.

She said if she tried to refuse he would take off his belt and threaten to hit her. He also threatened her when she said she would report the attacks.

Blaise O’Carroll SC, defending, told the court that his client was considered to be at a low risk of re-offending by the Probation Service.

He said he was exposed to trauma during a civil war in Sierra Leone and witnessed flood devastation in Mozambique.

Justice Michael White remanded him in custody to June 5th next for sentence.