Man charged with raping daughter

 

A jury at the Central Criminal Court has been told a south Co Dublin man, now aged 72, raped his daughter on almost a daily basis from 1972 to 1986.

The last two occasions on which he raped her were the day before she gave birth to an overdue child and on the day the child was christened.

She told the court that her many verbal protests were not enough to stop her father, who told her what he was doing was "normal", "everybody in all walks of life did it".

The accused has pleaded not guilty before Mr Justice O Caoimh to 18 charges of raping his daughter. The hearing continues today.