Ireland‘s Central Criminal Court has sentenced a 75-year-old woman to 20 years in prison for rape and repeated sexual assaults on his seven daughters and younger sister, over a period of 23 years.
According to the Irish “The Irish Times” report, the court convicted James O’Reilly of beating his victims, subjecting them to starvation and humiliation.
According to the prosecution, one of O’Reilly’s daughters gave birth to a child with him after he raped her. The judge said that had it not been for the convict’s age, he would have been sentenced to life imprisonment.
He added that during his sentence, he took into account the abuse of his position among the victims, the period during which the attacks continued, and the incalculable pain and damage he caused to his victims, praising the courage, honor and steadfastness of the victims.
After the verdict was pronounced, the victims asked why the authorities did not intervene to protect them early, and if the reason was their belonging to a minority of Irish nomads.
The newspaper pointed out that the Irish nomads are a group in Ireland and some in Britain and the United States, and most of them moved to the United States during the Great Irish Famine between 1845 and 1860.
In statements to the court after the verdict, Helen, the eldest daughter of O’Reilly, urged victims of sexual assaults to resist and “move forward” toward accountability for the perpetrators.
“I have been sexually assaulted since I was four years old, so I would say that all women, regardless of the women of nomadic families whose rights have been violated, should raise their voice,” Helen said.
“Do not be afraid as we did. We did not know where to turn or where to go. We did not get an education, we did not get anything. Now I am not afraid. What he did will be punished for years?”