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Monday 22 October 2018

Sex beast stepdad back on the street after early release

Depraved George Crombie. Photo: INM
Depraved George Crombie. Photo: INM

A Dublin man who sexually abused his stepdaughter over three years from the age of 10 has walked free from prison.

Depraved George Crombie (49) was jailed for two-and-a-half years in 2016 for sexually assaulting Laura Johnston at their Ringsend home between February 2004 and December 2006.

The abuse began when she was just 10 and continued until she was 13, with Crombie later pleading guilty to eight counts of sexual assault.

Knife

The Herald can reveal that the sex offender, of Bloomfield Avenue, South Circular Road, walked free from Arbour Hill Prison yesterday after being released early on remission.

During the case it was heard that Crombie had a knife in the waistband of his pyjama bottoms during one assault and told Ms Johnston there would be "murder in this flat" if she told her mother about the abuse.

The court also heard that Crombie put a dog lead around his stepdaughter's neck while sexually assaulting her.

Speaking after his sentencing in 2016, Ms Johnston urged other victims of sexual assault to come forward.

"I feel justice has been done and I'm glad the case is over and I just want to move on with my life now," she said.

"I also urge others who have been the victims of sexual assault to go to gardai or to someone they trust and tell them about it.

"People in such circumstances should now feel confidence in the legal system and have no fear in coming forward."

Sentencing Crombie, Judge Melanie Greally said it was clear he was satisfying a particular sexual fetish during the assaults and described the use of the dog lead as "extremely frightening" and "degrading".

She said Ms Johnston had regarded Crombie as her natural father and that as such the "breach of trust was monumental".

The judge said the abuse was both "unrelenting" and "predictable", taking place every Thursday and Saturday.

Judge Greally said it was clear that Ms Johnston would continue to struggle with the "premature loss of innocence" and "blight on her childhood that can never be removed".

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