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Saturday 10 December 2016

Dad jailed for repeated rape of his partner's child aged 11

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Majella Cahill
Majella Cahill

a Dublin man has received a 12-year sentence with the final two suspended for the repeated rape of his partner's then 11-year-old daughter.

Henry Crowe (57) of Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to five sample charges of raping Majella Cahill on dates between November 23, 1988 and December 31, 1992.

She was aged between 11 and 15-years-old at the time.

Ms Cahill indicated in her victim impact report that she wished to waive her right to anonymity so that Crowe, who also has an address of Tirellan Heights, Galway city, could be named.

Mr Justice Paul Carney declared Crowe a sex offender and said he was taking into account the gross breach of trust, the victim's age and the multiplicity of offences when passing sentence.

The judge also took into account that Crowe took advantage of his victim's dysfunctional upbringing and violated her while she was being abused by other family members.

At the sentence hearing last month, Ms Cahill had begun reading her victim impact statement but became overwhelmed and a garda read the remainder of it into the record.

She outlined how she was neglected and starved as a child by her mother.

She said her grandfather, who has since deceased, sexually abused her in that house.

When she was 11-years-old Crowe started a relationship with her mother. He then began to rape her in her Galway home on a daily basis after initially being nice to her.

"I will have to live with this for the rest of my life," Ms Cahill stated in her report.

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