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Man who raped niece due for sentencing

A Clare resident who began sexually abusing his Limerick niece from the age of six will be sentenced next week at the Central Criminal Court. The 48-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, later began raping the child from when she was aged nine on a regular basis in his bedsit in County Clare. The court heard how the child would beg her mother not to let her stay over with him, telling her mother: “Please Mum, don’t let me go, I’ll be good”. During the trial the victim said her mother would still let her uncle take the child to the flat every few weeks. While staying over with him, the man would molest the child and force her to touch his private parts. He also forced her to perform more explicit sexual acts on him, including oral rape. Last December a jury found him guilty of eight counts of rape and 17 counts of sexual assault …

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