February 5, 2014

A pervert who sexually abused two young girls at a caravan park in Portsalon has been jailed for four years.

Letterkenny Court.

Letterkenny Court.

The man committed the crimes on the two young girls, who were aged just 11 and 12 at the time.

The man was sentenced at Letterkenny Circuit Court today where he pleaded guilty to all four charges of sexual assault.

Judge Keenan Johnston said the assaults were a fundamental and fatal breach of trust by the man.

But he said the sentence must be proportionate to the crimes committed.

Of the young girls trauma, Judge Johnson said the victims should not blame themselves as they had ben.

“They have been robbed in the most serious way of their childhood,” he said.

He also ordered the man to be observed for five years after he is released and to be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

The four incidents, which he pleaded guilty to, happened between January and May 2010 while the girls were visiting their relatives’ mobile home.

Letterkenny Circuit Court was given graphic details of the incidents.

The court heard the victim impact statements form both young girls who were aged around 11 or 12 when the attacks happened.

One of the girls had tried to kill herself and the other blamed herself for the assaults.

The court heard how three of the assaults took place in the caravan park and another while on a walk.

The accused, who is originally from Derry, was arrested by Gardai after one of the girls complained to her teacher about an assault.

After he was arrested and released, the man and his wife moved to Spain.

Garda Sgt Bridget McGowan said Interpol then acted on a European Arrest Warrant for the accused and he was deported to Ireland in July 2013.

He has been in custody since.

The court heard the man has one previous conviction for indecent exposure.

Relatives of the two girls who were abused sobbed at the back of the court as the man was sentenced.