A former paramilitary has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for raping and sexually assaulting the daughters of a woman he met on the internet.The 53-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victims, committed the abuse in Co Donegal and in a European country while on holidays there.He began abusing one of the children a few weeks after meeting her mother. He would show her child pornography and make her recreate what she had seen. The now 11-year-old girl said she still worries he will come back and take her and her sister away. She said she “wants to put signs up to let others know what he did”.The man initially made a full confession but then fled the country while on bail. He was later extradited back to face trial.He pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 16 counts of oral rape and sex assault against the two girls between November 2008 and May 2009.Mr Justice Paul Carney declared him a sex offender and said that the man’s consumption of alcohol or his suicide threat provided no mitigation.He noted the young age of the victims and the number of offences, before sentencing him to 15 years.He took into account the man’s remorse and suspended the final three years. Mr Justice Carney also ordered he undergo 18 months post-release supervision and that he have no contact with his victims.Detective Garda Rosemary Rooney told prosecuting counsel, Isobel Kennedy SC, that the victim’s mother met the accused in an internet chat room and they formed a relationship. He began spending a large amount of time in the family home and would sometimes babysit the children.He abused the younger child in several locations and would make her watch pornography. He abused the older girl, now 14, in the family home.He threatened the younger victim that if she told anyone of the abuse he would hit her and she would never see her mother again. In September 2009, she told her family what had been happening and gardaí were alerted.Shortly afterwards the man gave gardaí a signed confession and said he was “going to do the right thing” and take his own life. He was later arrested and made admissions in interview.He was released on bail and fled the country until he was extradited back on October 10, 2010.The elder sister said in her victim impact statement that she felt terrible that she didn’t know he was abusing her younger sister.“He is a very bad man and I will only feel safe if he is locked away,” she said.Det Gda Rooney said the man has several previous convictions including serious offences associated with paramilitary activity.Defence counsel, Paddy McCarthy SC, said his client had been seriously assaulted as a result of the abuse but did not follow up a complaint with gardaí.He said his client went through a difficult break-up with a former partner and this led him to develop an addiction to internet pornography and to engage in online relationships.FORMER PARAMILITARY JAILED FOR 15 YEARS FOR DONEGAL CHILD RAPE ATTACKS was last modified: February 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Child diversion is a process of implementing measures for dealing with children who are alleged, accused or recognised to have infringed the penal law, without resorting to the formal judicial proceedings. Story Highlights Debate on the Child Diversion Bill began in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 30).The Bill seeks to enable the implementation of child diversion measures in dealing with children who come into conflict with the law.Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, in opening the debate, noted that among the main objectives of the Bill are: ensuring that every child in conflict with the law is treated in a manner that recognises and upholds human dignity and worth; diverting the child away from engaging in deviant and delinquent behaviours; and instilling in the child respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.The Bill will also see to the establishment of a Child Diversion office; Child Diversion Committees; and a Child Diversion Oversight Committee. It also addresses the structure of the Child Diversion programme, the circumstances under which a child is to be referred, among other things.Child diversion is a process of implementing measures for dealing with children who are alleged, accused or recognised to have infringed the penal law, without resorting to the formal judicial proceedings.“Gone are the days when we ignore a child’s circumstances and focus only on the wrong that he or she did,” Mr. Chuck said.He noted that research indicates that factors contributing to the number of children before the court include lack of adequate parental guidance, mental health issues and poverty, adding that it is therefore crucial that solutions are implemented to address the issues impacting these children and a holistic approach be taken towards addressing the underlying factors.“In most cases, diversion of children provide greater benefit to the offender, the victim, and the society than the formal criminal justice process. The challenges faced by children in conflict with the law in Jamaica has brought into sharp focus the necessity for legislation which recognises and upholds the basic human rights of children who face the prospect of being deprived of their liberty,” Mr. Chuck said.He added that as a party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Jamaica has a duty to put measures in place to deal with children who are accused of breaking the law, as they have the right to legal help and fair treatment in the justice system.A National Child Diversion Policy was tabled in 2015 after consultation with all major stakeholders in Government, civil society and non-governmental organisations. Through this policy, a formal framework was established for dealing with children in conflict with the law throughout the criminal justice system and sought to ensure that detention of a child offender as punishment for anti-social behaviour was a measure of last resort.One key objective of the policy was to develop the mechanism to not only divert children who come into conflict with the law, but also to empower them to become responsible and productive citizens through the use of methodologies which are consistent with restorative justice practices. Debate on the Child Diversion Bill began in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 30). Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, in opening the debate, noted that among the main objectives of the Bill are: ensuring that every child in conflict with the law is treated in a manner that recognises and upholds human dignity and worth; diverting the child away from engaging in deviant and delinquent behaviours; and instilling in the child respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.