Longford father of two to be sentenced this afternoon for indecent assaults over thirty years ago

A 48-year-old Longford man will be sentenced this afternoon for indecently assaulting a young relation of his over thirty years ago.

The man was found guilty last week of seven counts of indecent assault on the boy when he was a teenager and the victim was aged between seven and nine.

The separated father of two had denied seven allegations of indecent assault on a young relative of his which occurred at various dates between August 1987 and July 1989.

Last Friday he was found guilty by majority verdict of the offences by a jury at Longford Circuit Court.

The court heard that the incidents occurred when the victim called over to the accused’s house, and took the form of fondling of the victim’s private parts inside his trousers when both parties were alone.

Giving evidence at today’s sentence hearing, Detective garda Damien McGovern told the court that the abuse only came to light when the man made a complaint to his addiction counsellor in 2014, and the matter was subsequently investigated by Gardai.

The court heard the victim has a cannabis and heroin addiction, which he claims is directly linked to his abuse as a child.

In court today, counsel for the accused offered a full and unreserved apology to his victim for all his actions

His barrister also appealed to Judge Keenan Johnson that as the accused was a teenager at the time of the offence, and the incident occurred over thirty years ago, that they would be viewed at the lower end of the scale for sentencing.

Judge Keenan Johnson is to deliver his judgment this afternoon.