A man jailed 20 years for raping and sexually assaulting his 7 daughters and his sister

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Victims after at the court

A man has been jailed for 20 years for the repeated rape and sexual assault of his younger sister and seven daughters over a period of 23 years.

From 1977 to 2000, James O’Reilly, 75, subjected young girls to “horrific” sexual assaults, as well as physical beatings, starvation and humiliation, the CCCI heard.

O’Reilly of Killeens, Ballynonty, Thurles and Co Tipperary pleaded not guilty to 81 counts of rape and sexual assault and after a five-week trial, a jury found him guilty of 58 counts of rape and nine counts of sexual assault.

O’Reilly’s rape caused her daughter to become pregnant in late 1988. He continued to rape her while she was pregnant.

At the time, O’Reilly asked his daughter to claim that she was raped by another man.

He continued to abuse her and only stopped when she threatened him with a knife.

Later DNA tests confirmed that he was the father, a factor that was used to secure his conviction.

One victim said she was hungry and forced to beg for food outside while another said she didn’t know what a Christmas present was until she was an adult.

Prosecutor Caroline Biggs SC told the court that the victims wanted to give up their identity and allowed the perpetrator to be named.

Judge Tony Hunt described O’Reilly’s actions as appalling and noted the escalating and repeated nature of the crime.

He noted that O’Reilly continues to deny any wrongdoing and there has been no evidence of remorse or remorse on his part for his crimes.

He praised the courage of the victims and referred to stoicism as well as glimpses of good humor that they showed during the lengthy trial.

He said he was taking into account O’Reilly’s abuse of his dominant position, the length of the offense and the incalculable pain and harm inflicted on the victims.

“It is not clear that any of them will be free of harmful effects.”

O’Reilly was around 34 years old when he raped his first victim, his 13-year-old younger sister. He abused her for the next three years, and attacked her in a truck.

He initially abused the second victim, his daughter, when her mother was in the hospital after she had a miscarriage. His daughter was between four and six.

In 1977, she was about eight years old when he drove her into his truck into a swamp and raped her. Tell her she will be placed in a foster home if she tells anyone.

One victim testified that from the age of ten she was raped in the back of a truck if it was raining and outside in a field if it wasn’t.

The trial heard that the family lived somewhere in Dublin at one point, living in an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage, and later in a more modern trailer.

O’Reilly raped another daughter while her mother was in the hospital while she was giving birth to another baby.

This baby died in 1983 and while his partner was grieving, O’Reilly pulled a girl out and raped her in the pony’s barn.

O’Reilly transported the children across the country and in the late 1980s they lived somewhere in the South where he continued to abuse them.

One of the victims, who was raped until the age of 20, said that she could not tell her husband because “to say that you were raped as a passenger is like being thrown by the side of the road, you have to go back to the swamp.”

Kathleen O’Driscoll said she can remember her father abusing her from her early childhood memories. She said that she prays every night so that she will not wake up.

Ms O’Driscoll said her father threatened her that if she told anyone about the abuse, he would cut her throat and the throat of anyone she told. She said she endured rape, starvation, and beatings her whole life.

Margaret Hutchinson was 10 years old in 1981 when her father first started molesting her. A year later, he raped her in the back of the truck.

She testified that during this period he raped her “hundreds, thousands of times.”

A witness at the trial recalled how in 1986 she met this victim in the swamp and “was shaking and crying.” She said she still had a knot in her stomach as she recalled how the victim told her that her father was abusing her.

Another victim recalled having to go to the hospital with a head injury as a result of the beatings. She was ten years old when her father started raping her and he would rape her up to three times a week over the next six years.

Judge Hunt said the life sentence was a good starting point based on the shocking facts.

He said that the mitigating agents presented do not have significant weight and that the main factor presented in mitigation is O’Reilly’s age.

He noted that O’Reilly was in good health when he was interviewed four years ago, but there has been evidence of his deteriorating health since then.

He said that the court allowed the executive authority to intervene in any future interference in a prison sentence due to weakness.

He said the difference between life imprisonment and a lengthy but specific sentence may be academic given O’Reilly’s age.

Imposed on him a set of provisions from two to twenty years.

A number of victims sobbed during the hearing and the verdict was passed.

Garnet Orange SC, a defender, claimed his client had no prior convictions and was never on the radar.

Mr. Orange asked the court to consider an elderly man facing a lengthy sentence and suffering from hearing difficulties.

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