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Clare father guilty of child cruelty

A Clare father who “sacrificed the welfare of his children for alcohol” has been given a four year sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for the neglect and ill treatment of six children. The eldest victim described how she was 10 when she was left to care for her six week old sister. She said the baby slept beside her in a single bed and when she was unable to stop the infant crying during the night the accused hit her in the face. The now 19-year-old woman also described coming home from school to find the baby alone strapped into a car seat when her parents had gone drinking. She also cared for her other siblings and forged her mother’s signature in shops in order to feed them. The foster parents of some of the children, aged between two and 12 years old at the time they went into care, said they were unable to use cutlery, were not …

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Sentence reactivated after child porn possession

A CLARE man, who was previously jailed for repeatedly raping and sexually abusing a child, has had the suspended portion of that sentence reactivated for possessing and distributing child pornography. The 33-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, received a sentence of seven years, with two years suspended in 2010, after pleading guilty to three charges of sexual assault on dates between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2003. His victim was under 10-years-old at the time, while the accused was 21 when the abuse first started. At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday, Judge Mary Ellen Ring granted an application by The Probation Services to reactivate the suspended portion of that sentence. The court heard that the accused has entered a plea of guilty at Ennis Circuit Criminal Court to distribution and possession of child porn and is awaiting sentence. Probation officer, Eoghan Ryan told Pieter LeVert, BL, that he met the offender in prison in July …

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