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16th Sep 2021

Waterford man jailed for six months for sexual abuse of niece

This article contains mention of child sexual abuse.

In her victim impact statement, the woman said the abuse stayed with her throughout her life.

A Waterford man has received a six-month jail sentence for sexually attacking his niece twice in the 1970s, The Journal reports.

The man was aged 14 to 17 when the abuse took place, while the girl was aged six to eight.

He is now 59-years-old and cannot be named to protect the anonymity of the victim.

The two attacks took place between 1976 and 1979. At the time, the maximum penalty for the offences was two years and, as Justice Mary Rose Gearty noted, this is the maximum sentence a court can impose.

Last May, a jury at the Central Criminal Court found the man guilty of two charges of indecent assault. He denied these charges.

If you have been affected by any of the details of this article, you can contact Women’s Aid’s 24 hour helpline on 1800 341 900 and the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre on  1800 77 8888.