A 77-year-old man has been jailed for 11 years for sexually abusing his three young granddaughters over a three-year period. The elderly man pleaded guilty to two counts of oral rape and 13 counts of sexual assault on the eldest girl between October 2011 and October 2014.
The eldest girl (aged between six and eight at the time of the abuse) disclosed the abuse to a teacher in 2018 and a garda investigation was launched as a result.
She stated that she witnessed her grandfather “humping” her 5-year-old sister to which he stated that they were “playing horsey”.
One of the girls stated that she was bribed by the man with sweets in order to carry out the abuse.
He pleaded guilty to 16 counts of oral rape and 19 counts of sexual assault on a third granddaughter (aged between four and seven at the time of the abuse) as well as making her watch pornographic videos between October 2010 and October 2013.
Mr Justice White sentenced the man to 17 years in prison but reduced it to 12 when the mitigating factors were taking into account.
The mitigating factors were that the man had medical and mental health issues. The final year of the 12-year sentence was suspended providing that he attends a Better Lives programme assessment while in custody.