Elderly Dingle man sentenced to ten years for rape of his sister-in-law

A 75-year-old Kerry man has been jailed for ten years for the rape of his sister-in-law in the early 70s. Gavel 1 Jimmy Flannery of Baile Na Buaile, Dingle began molesting the child from the age of eleven. The abuse escalated later to rape. Mr Flannery raped the child in a car parked near the Conor Pass in Dingle and in his bedroom at Ballydavid on the Dingle peninsula. Mr Flannery had denied ten counts of indecent assault of Mary Courtney at locations in Dingle on dates between April 1969 and April 1974. He also pleaded not guilty to three counts of raping the woman on occasions between January 1971 and April 1975. He was convicted by a jury after a five day trial at the Central Criminal Court last month of all charges. Bernard Condon SC, for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), informed the court that the woman wished to waive her right to anonymity. In her victim impact report the woman said it was difficult to describe the “depth of destruction and chaos” caused by the abuse and rape. She suffered from bulimia, “drank and did drugs” and continued to suffer nightmares, flashbacks and distress. Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan noted that as Flannery did not accept the verdict of the jury there was no remorse being expressed on his part. She said the rape offences merited a 13 year sentence. After taking into consideration mitigating factors of the man’s age and his absence of other convictions at the time of this offending, she imposed a sentence of ten years imprisonment. In a statement given to the media outside of court after the sentencing the woman and her family said that they are grateful that “the truth has been heard”. They said they hope it helps other survivors of child sex abuse and rape to come forward and that it may prevent there being future victims.