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Sunday 22 October 2017

Rapist dad sexually abused daughters while he was in jail

The daughter of a rapist father who sexually abused his children while they were visiting him in prison told him: "I wouldn't spit on you if you were on fire."

A court heard harrowing victim impact statements read on behalf of three women whose lives have been deeply affected by the childhood abuse they suffered.

The eldest daughter described her now 52-year-old father as "a monster" and added: "Why, why did you do this to me? You are a sick and perverted paedo. I hope you rot in hell."

The man carried out acts of abuse on all three of his daughters when they were as young as four and often beat them with a leather belt. He had also put a lock on the fridge to deny them food, Tullamore Circuit Court heard.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his daughters, was twice convicted of rape and fled the jurisdiction before being tracked down to the UK where he was arrested earlier this year. Described as "an enormous risk" to the public by Judge Tony Hunt, the man has been in custody awaiting trial since last April.

He pleaded guilty to a series of charges of indecently assaulting his three daughters in the 1980s and 1990s. The offences took place in the family home, in his car and at Castlerea Prison.

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He also admitted charges of sexually assaulting a boy aged between four and six between 2000 and 2002.

Gda Martina Nolan told the court that matters came to light in 2002 when the oldest daughter made allegations against her father.

The man was arrested and charged, but absconded while on bail and was only extradited from the UK a number of months ago.

He pleaded guilty to charges in July and to further charges yesterday.

The court heard sickening details of the sex abuse suffered by the children. Two of the man's daughters told of visiting their father and being abused by him in Castlerea Prison while he was serving a sentence for rape in 1999.

He had twice been convicted of raping females, one of whom was a special needs person. He served sentences of five and 10 years for the offences in the 1980s and 90s. He will be sentenced later this month.

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