EVIL paedophile Peter Corcoran, jailed this week for 12 years for the sickening sexual abuse of children, abused some of them when on parole for killing a mother and child in a car smash.
The 41-year-old was arrested on Christmas Even 1990 after driving his car head-on into a vehicle driven by Patrick McGlinchey.
Mr McGlinchey’s wife Patricia, aged 35, and their daughter Anne Louise, aged just five died in the crash.
Mr McGlinchey and his son, also called Patrick and then aged 10, were injured in the incident.
Corcoran was later jailed for causing death by dangerous driving.
By that stage he had already been sexually abusing his victims – boys and girls – for six years.
And when he was released on parole a year later he began abusing them again.
The McGlincheys, from Loch na nDeorann, Annagry, were left devastated by the tragedy.
Corcoran was just 15 when he started sexually abusing his victims.
One victim said he didn’t tell anyone because “I didn’t think anyone would believe a child”.
He said he started drinking and smoking cannabis. This led to selling drugs and he ended up going to prison.
He said he tried to kill himself a few times and is now on medication to treat depression, anxiety and symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.
He said: “I used to cry myself to sleep. I always felt dirty and still do to this day.
“I feel like I am dead inside and have done for a long time … I feel like I’m living a life sentence.”
Detective Garda Bosco Gallagher told this week’s court that the first victim was aged eight when Corcoran began forcing her to perform oral sex on him. He was aged 15 and abused her for the next six years.
He began abusing her brother in 1986 and would attempt to have anal sex with the 10-year-old in front of the child’s friend. Corcoran would also abuse this friend on the same occasions.
The first victim to report the abuse went to gardaí in 2010 after confronting Corcoran on New Year’s Eve 2009.
In his victim impact report this man said to Corcoran: “You smiled. It was that condescending smile that gave me the stamina to make a statement. It was only then that I learned you had abused my brother and two of my sisters.”
Another victim was seven when Corcoran began molesting her in 1987, when Corcoran was aged 18. He would later abuse her eight-year-old brother.
He was on periods of temporary release from prison in 1992 when he began abusing the seven-year-old boy. This abuse went on for six years.
The final victim said he was 17 when Corcoran would force him to perform oral sex on him as a “daily routine”.
One victim said she told her husband about the abuse before their wedding and that they asked Corcoran to stay away. She said when he showed up at the church it ruined her day. He then insisted on sitting at a table reserved for family.