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Friday 15 December 2017

Boy boxer abused by top coach

ONE of the country's most successful amateur boxing coaches will be sentenced next week for grooming and raping a teenage boy he trained.

Frank Mulligan (66) is currently serving two lengthy sentences for the buggery and sexual abuse of seven other young boys over a 13-year period.

Mulligan of Mulladuff, Smithboro, Co Monaghan, pleaded guilty to two counts of rape of a 14-year-old boy between February and March, 1998.

Garda Sean Grant told Frank Martin, prosecuting, that Mulligan groomed and encouraged the young boxer while coaching him. He praised the teenager as "the next white hope" and said he would be "the next world champion".

The Central Criminal Court heard that Mulligan gave the boy massages and told him if he wanted to be a great boxer he would have to go along with the abuse which followed.

After training sessions the boxing coach would bring the young boy back to his home where he raped him on two occasions.

On the second occasion the young boy "freaked out" and struggled against Mulligan to get free. He was then given about £80 to buy clothes.

The latest victim, who is now a grown man with a son of his own, said the abuse has had a "devastating effect" on his life.

Mr Justice Paul Carney remanded sentencing on the latest matter until next Monday.

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