by Orlaith Delaney in The Irish Independent
A MAN already serving a six-year sentence for sex offences has been given a further three years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for sexually abusing another girl.
Judge Yvonne Murphy suspended the final two years of the new sentence. The judge also imposed imposed seven terms of two years to run concurrently for his sexual abuse of seven other girls.
The 41-year-old defendant's six-year sentence was imposed last June for unlawful carnal knowledge and sexual abuse of two female cousins.
Judge Murphy noted that although some of the girls were as young as 11, it was clear he never threatened any of them.
Detective Sergeant Matt Murphy told prosecuting counsel, Mr Paul Burns BL, that the girls said they had to "pass a test" before the defendant would let them into his flat and the abuse would stem from there.
One girl said he would slap girls "on the arse" and if they did not say anything he would go further. In some cases the abuse included digital penetration.
In their victim impact reports, many of the girls said they had problems trusting or being close to people, particularly men.
They all said they never wanted to see the defendant and they just wanted to put the abuse behind them and get on with the rest of their lives.
Det Sgt Murphy said the defendant would buy gifts for his victims and told one of them he would take her on a holiday.
He agreed with defence counsel, Mr George Birmingham SC, that the defendant had been abused himself as a young child.
He had had a troubled upbringing and had spent the majority of his childhood from the age of ten in care.Posted by Colm at March 28, 2003 07:43 AM