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Pensioner who sexually assaulted granddaughter multiple times is jailed for three years

The abuse took place over a two-year period.

A PENSIONER WHO pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexually assaulting his 11-year-old granddaughter over a two-year period has been jailed for three years.

The young girl, who is now in her mid-teens, requested that her grandfather be named in the community given the nature of his crime.

However, at sitting of Cork Circuit Criminal Court in Cork, Judge Sean O’Donnabhain ruled that the identity of the man not be made public to protect his other grandchildren from being caught up in the maelstrom.

The 67-year-old man pleaded guilty to 12 sample counts from a 60-count indictment when he was arraigned earlier this year.

The man admitted to sexually assaulting the girl from the time she was aged 11 at a number of locations in Cork on various dates between April 2014 and May 2016.

Detective Garda Denise Fitzgerald told the court that the man made full admissions when he was arrested in relation to the incident.

The abuse consisted of the man putting his hands up the girls pants and in the area close to her vaginal area. The case did not involve digital penetration.  The girl views the abuse as being a massive betrayal of trust.

The court heard that the conduct of the man had caused divisions within his family. There is a large degree of family revulsion in relation to the actions of the pensioner.

Defence counsel, Alice Fawsitt SC said that her client was deeply remorseful for his actions. He entered an early guilty plea in the case and “put his hands” up for his actions.

In sentencing Judge O’Donnabhain said he was fully cognisant of the request of the young girl that the man be named.

However, he expressed concern that such a move would “visit difficulties” on the other grandchildren.

Judge O’Donnabhain said that there were very few people you can rely on in life and being able to trust a grandparent should be a given. He jailed the pensioner for three years.

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