A man who has already served time in prison for murder is to be sentenced for continuously beating and raping his 12-year-old step-daughter on two occasions.
The 32-year-old man, who has not been named in the interests of protecting the victim’s identity, had already served a 10-year prison sentence after being convicted of strangling his ex-girlfriend to death.
He was released from prison on the condition that he didn’t leave his native EU state until January 2022. The man met the child’s mother in Cork back in 2019 and married her two months later.
The child, who was away with her father at the time, was initially introduced to the man at the end of summer 2019 when he moved into the family home.
It’s understood that gardaí were alerted to a domestic incident at the home in May 2020 and discovered the child with a cut and bruising on the bridge of her nose as well as having bruised eyes.
At the time, the mother, the accused and the child explained the injuries by claiming that she had fallen down the stairs.
Upon returning to the house to check on the welfare of the child, gardaí spoke to the child alone in the kitchen, however, she reiterated that she had fallen down the stairs before rolling up her sleeve to reveal a large bruise on her arm.
She revealed further bruising to gardaí after admitting that the accused had caused her harm.
The girl, who is now living with an adoptive family, was taken from the home that night and put into emergency care.
She was questioned by specialist garda interviewers and spoke about a number of incidents about being beaten by the accused and passed on a note to say that she was sexually abused.
During a second interview, she disclosed three episodes of sexual assault and two incidents of rape in April 2020.
The accused pleaded not guilty before the Central Criminal Court to a number of charges including assault of a child, assault causing harm, sexual assault and rape.
The man has been on remand in custody since a jury convicted him on one charge of assault causing harm, six charges of child cruelty involving assault, three charges of sexual assault and two charges of rape last July.
Defending the accused, Ronan Munro SC suggested to the court that his client will undertake to leave Ireland on completion of his sentence if the judge chooses to suspend a portion of his sentence on the condition that he never returns to the country again.
Ms Justice Murphy stated that she would need time to consider the case and adjourned the sentencing until October 22nd.
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