November 26, 2002
Clare farmer jailed for child abuse

From RTE News online

A 70-year-old County Clare farmer has been sentenced to a total of six years imprisonment on 24 counts of indecent assault and a further 24 counts of buggery committed against his neighbour.


The court was told that Joseph Nugent, of Dromehill, Cree, County Clare, committed the offences between 1964 and 1969.

The offences, which began when the victim was just seven-years-old, happened when the victim was on his way home from school past the defendant's farm.

Judge Brian McMahon said the assaults were perpetrated by an adult on a young boy and involved the use of physical violence carried out on a continuous and ongoing basis for the gratification of the perpetrator.

The court was also told that the victim, who is now in his 40s, will need psychiatric counselling for the rest of his life.

Posted by Colm at November 26, 2002 04:42 PM
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It is hard to understand the sentence handed down in this case. This man was convicted of 24 seperate rapes perpetrated on a boy as young as 7 and he received a 6 year sentence? If this man had raped an adult what would the sentence of been? Its not a matter of seeking barbaric sentences and demanding that offendors be locked up and have the key thrown away but surely sentences must reflect the crime in some way...

Posted by: Colm on November 26, 2002 04:47 PM

Colm, I hear what you're thinking. I think it's absolutely outrageous that people convicted of offences like that are given sentences that do not reflect sentences that they would have been given had they commited the same torture/barbaric acts on adults.
And-------Ambrose released after only 3 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY?

Posted by: C. on November 26, 2002 06:19 PM

Why do they get such short sentences...for the same reason most are not even reported! Our laws in court and in the home are based on trust?

If one in four are the stats for victims what are the statistics for abusers? One in a hundred... we know about the priesthood but what about the rest? How many guardians are sympathisers and abusers of other victims? I have a lot of respect for the guardians of the nations children, how many are teachers, judges, doctors, carers, sport coaches, police, leaders and in their own way victims of the most unrecognised and unaccepted illness, Paedophile is too generic, person who hurts little kids is a real and tangible definition.
I know a number of abusers, whom, I can do nothing about, because they did not abuse me, they abused my friends. I can not force anyone to prosecute them, I legally can’t even talk about them as it is slurring their character and they could then prosecute me. The guardians bring about the silence with their use and skills in manipulation and control. They abuse by controlling the family or victim more frequently than they undertake physical sexual activities.

Does a court really take into consideration the number of days lived in fear and domination or only the number of times an act was preformed. 26 acts of rape from 7 years of age to 40 year old person whose life is scarred is, 12,045 days of threat and terrorism of sexual molestation and degradation.

Posted by: Audrey on November 27, 2002 12:05 PM

I, also, cannot understand the brevity of sentences for paedophiles. Its not like stealing a car or something - they literally destroy peoples' lives. They physically tortured small children and ruined their adult lives. The survivors have such courage - they must be the bravest in this world.

Incidentally, what has happened in Ireland about the FBI Operation Candyman? In UK prosecutions are well underway. Have I missed something?

Posted by: M on November 28, 2002 07:08 PM
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