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Sunday 11 December 2016

Paedophile babysitter in sex assault on one-year-old

A convicted paedophile has been jailed for three and a half years for sexually assaulting a one year old baby who had been left in his care while her parents went out drinking
A convicted paedophile has been jailed for three and a half years for sexually assaulting a one year old baby who had been left in his care while her parents went out drinking

A paedophile has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for sexually assaulting a one-year-old baby left in his care while her parents went out drinking.

Michael O'Brien (46) committed the abuse against a backdrop of neglect and physical abuse by the child's parents.

The court heard there were no clean clothes, electricity or food in the house at the time, though food was kept in the freezer for when social workers came for inspections.

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O'Brien was released last month from a 12-year sentence imposed in 2008 for the sexual abuse of two children under the age of six. In 1993 he was jailed for four years for the aggravated sexual assault of a 60-year-old woman during a burglary at her home.

treatment

Describing the assault as "a vile and monstrous act" against a child whose parents had failed in their duties, Judge Sarah Berkeley said O'Brien had been treated in prison to lessen his chance of re-offending, but he needed to do more.

Suspending 18 months of a five-year jail term, she ordered that he continue treatment in prison and co-operate with the probation services when he was released.

O'Brien, with a last address in Co Limerick, pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the baby at her home in the west of Ireland between April 2005 and October 2006. He was convicted by a jury earlier this year.

During an earlier sentencing hearing, a local garda told prosecuting counsel Anne Rowland that when the baby was born her parents brought her home, handed her to her 10-year-old sister and told her to look after her.

poker

In 2005, the parents returned to the house drunk with O'Brien. From then on O'Brien regularly stayed in the house and babysat the children.

The older sister told the trial she was afraid of O'Brien and would lock her and her siblings in a room when he was there.

One day she came home and found O'Brien sexually assaulting the baby in the sitting room by digitally penetrating her. The baby was naked at the time. The 10-year-old grabbed a poker and hit O'Brien.

When the children's mother returned home she beat the 10-year-old with the poker as punishment for hitting O'Brien. The child was too afraid to tell her mother of the sexual abuse.

The children were later taken into care, and the older sister told gardai about the sexual assault while detailing the neglect they faced in the house.

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