Wicklow man jailed for sexual abuse of his young niece

The 71-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault.

A Wicklow man has been jailed for six and a half years for the sexual abuse of his niece when she was a child.

The assaults took place between 1982 and 1988 at various locations in Co. Wicklow. The victim was between the ages of 6 – 12 when the abuse was taking place.

The accused is currently serving a nine year prison sentence for the rape and indecent assault of his sister – the mother of his niece. He has 70 previous convictions for sexual offences.

While the victim has waived her right to anonmity, so her uncle could be named, it is understood that they cannot be identified for other legal reasons.

The man, an umarried father of two, was arrested in January 2019.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please contact the 24-hour Rape Crisis Helpline at 1800-77 8888 or click here.

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