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Saturday 16 December 2017

Mother beat girl (11) when told of abuse

A DUBLIN man will be sentenced next month for the repeated rape of his partner's then 11-year-old daughter in her Galway home.
A DUBLIN man will be sentenced next month for the repeated rape of his partner's then 11-year-old daughter in her Galway home.

A DUBLIN man will be sentenced next month for the repeated rape of his partner's then 11-year-old daughter in her Galway home.

Henry Crowe (57) of Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to five sample charges of raping Majella Cahill between 1988 and 1992. She was aged between 11 and 15 at the time.

Ms Cahill waived her right to anonymity so that Crowe could be named.

Mr Justice Paul Carney remanded Crowe, who also has an address of Tirellan Heights, Galway city, in continuing custody until April 13 next for sentence.

In her victim impact statement to the court, Ms Cahill recalled how as a three year old she went to live with her father's parents, before returning to live in Galway with her mother's parents when she was seven.

She said her grandfather, now deceased, sexually abused her in that house.

When she was 11 years old Crowe started a relationship with her mother. He began to rape her on a daily basis.

Disgusting

Describing her "disgusting childhood", Ms Cahill said "we were left on our own, hungry and dirty". She said social services were involved but her mother would "clean and feed us" when she knew they were visiting.

Ms Cahill said when she first told her mother about the rapes, she called her "a p***k teaser" and said Ms Cahill had wanted Crowe for herself. "She always claimed I was lying. She started beating me when I told her."

Ms Cahill said she later became unruly and would get into trouble with the gardai.

She said when Crowe raped her he would start by accusing her of being bold or robbing. "He became a monster in my mind," she said.

Ms Cahill described how she later spent time living on the street and was suicidal. She said she became a mother herself and had difficulty bathing her own children. She suffers from depression and panic attacks.

Ms Cahill first complained to gardai in 2011, outlining the abuse at the hands of both men. Crowe was arrested in 2013 and didn't deny any of the allegations. He has no previous convictions.

Defence counsel said Crowe has acknowledged his wrongdoing and wanted to apologise for these "appalling crimes".

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