A man has been sentenced to 18 years for the repeated rape and sexual assault of two very young girls in Kildare almost 10 years ago.
The 64-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, made the girls smoke cannabis and take head shop drugs and Viagra, used sex toys on them and forced them to have sex with each other.
In 2002 he began sexually assaulting the girls at the age of six and eight. He progressed to frequently raping the older girl in 2005 when she was aged ten. The following year he began raping her nine-year-old sister.
The man has previous convictions for sexually abusing his own daughters abroad. He was placed on the Sex Offender’s Register there but went missing from the authorities in the late 1990s.
He pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 11 charges of sexual assault of a child, nine charges of rape and one charge of oral rape on the two sisters on dates between July 2003 and February 2010.
Anne Rowland BL, prosecuting, told the court that the 21 pleas were representative of 264 charges and were acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the basis of full facts.
The man also pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of two other victims on two occasions in January 2008 and December 2009.
Mr Justice Paul Carney, at the Central Criminal Court on Monday, April 29, registered the man as a sex offender and imposed a jail sentence of 18 years after he noted that the man had groomed the victims by plying them with alcohol and other substances. The maximum sentence available for the rape offences is life.
The judge said he had taken into account the inherent gravity of the offence, the period of time over which it extended, the disparity in age between the abuser and his victims and the breach of trust involved.
Mr Justice Carney suspended the last three years of the term after taking into account the man’s guilty plea and co-operation with the gardaí. He also imposed 18 months post-release supervision and ordered that the man stay away from his victims forever.