North Kerry sex assault accused offers deeds of house to victims

A north Kerry man found guilty of the sexual assault of two young boys has offered them the deeds of his house by way of compensation for the assaults. Tralee courthouse2 67-year old Michael Moran of Colbert Street, Listowel, was sentenced to three years in prison on both counts of assault at Tralee Circuit Court. Judge Tom O’Donnell said it was one of the most difficult cases he had dealt with. Michael Moran was accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour and the sexual assault of a then 13 year-old boy in 2004. In a separate incident, a six-year old boy was subjected to a sexual assault. Both victims allowed for Mr Moran to be named provided their identities be protected. In victim impact statements – which the judge described as harrowing and powerful – the boys and their parents said the whole family dynamic had been turned upside down and irreparably shattered. Defence barrister, John O’Sullivan, said the accused was willing to transfer the title deeds of his house, which is his sole asset, to the victims, by way of acknowledging his wrongdoing, but provided he could remain there for the rest of his life. Judge Tom O’Donnell said he would not discuss that offer which may be the subject of civil proceedings. The judge accepted that Michael Moran was now in poor health and frail but said he had planned and premeditated the assaults and had robbed the boys of the joy of cheerfully growing up. He imposed two concurrent prison sentences of three years with 18 months suspended with a stay of one week on the commencement of the sentence.