A Kerry grandfather, described as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”, has been jailed for 13 years for the sexual abuse of his daughter and two of his granddaughters.
At the Central Criminal Court, the father of the youngest victim urged parents to be vigilant if they had the “slightest inkling that a child was a little off.”
He thanked his daughter’s teacher who had just finished the “Stay Safe” programme with her class when the child revealed her own abuse.
The child’s grandfather had raped and sexually assaulted her while babysitting her.
The 67-year-old who cannot be named to protect his victims’ identities, pleaded guilty to the rape and sexual assault of the younger granddaughter on dates between 2011 and 2014.
He also pleaded guilty to sexual assault of a second granddaughter on dates between 2011 and 2012 and to the sexual assault of his own daughter during her childhood on dates between 1995 and 1999.
Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy imposed consecutive sentences totalling 13 years.
The man’s daughter, who was abused between the ages of ten and 14, said she had believed she was the only victim. Her abuse came to an end when she shouted at her father to leave her alone.
She described the guilt she felt when she discovered he had also abused her nieces. “How could you have done this to us?” she asked her father during her victim impact statement.
The younger granddaughter was aged between six and nine at the time of the abuse, while her cousin was aged between nine and ten.
Defence counsel, Anthony Sammon said the accused man was “terribly upset” at what he’d done and at destroying a once close family.
Mr Sammon handed in a psychologist’s report and a bundle of testimonials from “people who spoke well” of the accused.
He asked the court to take into account the man’s remorse, admissions and co-operation with gardaí.
If you’re affected by the issues raised in this report, you can contact the Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre at 1800 63 33 33