A Donegal pensioner has been jailed for 15 years for raping and sexually abusing five of his granddaughters over a nineteen year period.

The 87 year old monster, who cannot be named, was jailed earlier today at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.

The court heard he methodically “groomed” each of the girls, starting when they were around 7 and he committed his final rape only last year when he was 86.

The man pleaded guilty to 45 sample counts of rape, indecent assault, sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault at various locations in his rural community between July 1993 and September 2009.

Mr Justice Paul Carney declared the man a sex offender and sentenced him to five years for indecent and sexual assault, to run concurrent to the 15 years.

He suspended the final three years of the sentence and remarked that the sentence would “not be expiring until the man is well into his hundreds.”

A detective Garda stationed in the area told prosecuting counsel, Ms Patricia McLaughlin BL, that the abuse emerged after one of the victims detailed what happened during a counselling session, causing the others to come forward.

An incident room was set up in the local Garda station and the man was arrested soon after.

Defence counsel, Mr Peter Finlay SC, accepted they were “monstrous and evil acts” but offered his client’s apologies and submitted that any lengthy sentence imposed would likely be a life sentence due to the man’s age.

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