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ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 12:31 PM

1/2...Children in care are at ‘major risk’ of joining sex trade

Former social care worker warns of young people in State care in danger of exploitation

A former social care worker claims there is a major hidden problem of sexual exploitation involving vulnerable young people in the State care system.

Maurice Fenton, who worked in mainstream residential care for over two decades, said he saw first-hand young people exposed to the sex trade while still in State care.

He said there was a dearth of research into the issue here, despite studies in the UK and Northern Ireland that indicate up to 60 per cent of sex workers have been in care.

“I have seen the reality of how vulnerable young people in residential child care are to sexual exploitation and prostitution,” he said.

“It was something which I saw when I started working in the sector in the 1990s. If anything it’s become an even bigger issue in more recent years.”

There are about 6,300 children in the State’s care system. The vast majority are in foster care, while almost 350 young people are in mainstream residential care.

Mr Fenton said children in residential care tended to be among the most vulnerable, often because they had a history of broken care placements.


ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 12:30 PM


2/2/…A 2011 study on child sexual exploitation in Northern Ireland found that children in residential care were more vulnerable to exploitation than those in other care settings.

This study found that, of the sample of 1,102 cases, sexual exploitation was identified as a cause of concern for almost two-thirds of young females.

“It would be naive and dangerous to assume we don’t have the same problem in the Republic,” Mr Fenton said.

“We’ve tended to see this as an issue of individual failing on the part of young people. But it is a national issue, it’s a systemic issue.”

“It is not restricted to residential care alone. Nor are residential care centres alone responsible for failing to keep these children safe.

They have not been resourced appropriately. In most cases the staff there strive to do their level best.”

Mr Fenton’s claims are contained in a book to be published later this month, Social Care and Child Welfare in Ireland: Integrating Residential Care, Leaving Care and Aftercare.

“In order to effectively safeguard young people, research is essential to identify and interrogate these issues and to inform theory and practice,” he said.

“This deficit in research and support is a matter of grave concern.”

The most recent detailed research on this in the Republic by Focus Ireland, in 2000, identified prostitution as a difficulty for up to 14 per cent of care leavers.

Most research has found that young people in care at most risk of exploitation include those with poor relationships with carers, unstable lifestyles and who are leaving the care system.

Tusla said it is strengthening aftercare arrangements for young people.


ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 12:55 PM


Victims abused in church, voluntary and state-run children's homes in Northern

Ireland should be offered interim compensation payments before a long-running inquiry in to the crimes is completed, campaigners have urged.

Many former residents of institutions where abuse was committed are now old and cannot wait until the Historical Abuse Inquiry (HIA) finishes hearing evidence and produces an official report to Stormont, charity Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse (SAVIA) warned.

Retired judge Sir Anthony Hart is leading the HIA probe, one of the UK's largest inquiries into physical, sexual and emotional harm to children at homes run by the church, state and voluntary organisations.

The inquiry was formally established in January 2013 by the Northern Ireland Executive to investigate child abuse which occurred in residential institutions over a 73-year period from 1922 to 1995.

However, its investigative work is not scheduled to finish until next summer, with a report due to be submitted to Stormont ministers the following year.

This issue of whether victims should receive financial compensation will be addressed in the final report.

The HIA, which sits at Banbridge courthouse in Co Down, is in the middle of its seventh module of work, which is focusing on allegations of historical child abuse at juvenile justice institutions.

SAVIA campaigner Margaret McGuckin said: "We stand together, united as one in asking our government to make an immediate commitment in agreeing to the setting up of proposals to begin the start of an interim redress scheme for those children, now adults, who were put in to the care of church and state-run institutions.

"No more can this government or those who were in charge of abuse victims at the time deny that these abuses happened. Without pre-empting the findings of this inquiry, the evidence that has come out through this HIA inquiry is already, up to now, damning.

Abuse, whether it be sexual, physical, emotional or sheer neglect, did occur."

She added: "Time is something many of our people do not have."


ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 12:48 PM


1/2...Woman describes pain 'like fire' after uncle began sexually abusing her after 'Communion dress twirl'…

A Tipperary man who began sexually abusing his niece while she was in her First Holy Communion dress has been jailed for ten years for rape and indecent assault almost three decades ago.

The Central Criminal Court heard the now 67-year-old man took his niece into a room after she had been twirling and admiring her dress and put his hand on her private parts outside her underwear.

The man continued to touch the girl's vagina outside her underwear during the summer of 1986 when she was in his company with her sister.

The next summer he began touching her inside her underwear and in 1988 the abuse escalated to rape.

The man, who can't be named to protect his victim's identity, had pleaded not guilty to eight counts of indecently assaulting and three counts of raping the girl between 1986 and 1988.

He was convicted on all 11 counts by a jury after his trial. He has no previous convictions.

Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan imposed a ten year sentence on the rape counts and sentences of five and six years on the indecent assault.

All sentences are to run concurrently.

A local garda told Mary Rose Gearty SC, prosecuting, that on one occasion the man called to the victim's house, rubbed her vagina and kissed her on the mouth while her parents were out.

The then nine-year-old girl told her mother about the kiss, but the mother replied:
“He's your uncle and he loves you.” The girl didn't alert her parents to any of the abuse after that as she thought it was normal.


ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 12:46 PM


2/2...The victim recalled bleeding and feeling pain “like fire” after the first time her uncle raped her three times in her family sitting room in 1988.

On the next occasion she began crying as he raped her and she later told her mother she was sore.

Her mother told her to apply cream as the girl didn't explain why she felt pain.

The victim told gardaí that the final time her uncle raped her would have been shortly after the second, as she hadn't recovered from the pain.

This time she began screaming during the rape and he withdrew quickly, before taking her home.

Reading from her victim impact statement the woman, now in her 30s, told the court that the impact of the abuse had been “far-reaching and devastating”.

She described feeling “helpless, weak and ashamed” and said there had been times where she'd had to withdraw from family and friends.

She said she has struggled to trust people, has suffered flashbacks of the abuse and that the memories at one point “consumed” her.

The woman said that she knows she did the right things despite the the trial being “harrowing” for her.

Paul Greene SC, defending, submitted to Ms Justice Heneghan that his client was a hard working family man.

He asked the judge to consider his client's lack of previous convictions and that significant time has lapsed since the abuse.


ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 12:42 PM


Child sex attack kidnapper given life…

A sex offender who snatched a six-year-old girl off the street and bundled her into the boot of his car has been jailed for life.

The youngster was playing near her home in Burnley, Lancashire, when Imran Khan (34) kidnapped her and drove her several miles before he exposed himself and incited her to touch his privates.

Khan then dumped her in a wheelie bin before she later freed herself and was found wandering alone in distress by other children on the afternoon of March 26.

Ahead of a scheduled trial last month the defendant pleaded guilty to kidnap, kidnap with intent to commit a sexual offence and breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

The registered sex offender was convicted in 2008 of abducting a 12-year-old girl in a car and sexually assaulting her.

Khan, from Pendle Street, Accrington, was jailed for nine years and released in 2013, said police.

Sentencing at Burnley Crown Court yesterday, Judge Newell ordered Khan to serve two life sentences for the kidnap offences, to run concurrently.


ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 11:52 AM


A County Tyrone man is at the centre of "one of the most serious cases of sexual exploitation of children" the National Crime Agency has ever had to tackle, one of its officers has said….

Michael Dynes, 38, from Rossin View in Dungannon, allegedly targeted young people through advertisements seeking life models on the Gumtree website.

He would then "audition" them by webcam and try to incite them into committing sexual acts, a court was told.

He is facing a series of sex charges.

They include making and possessing indecent images of children, having what are described as extreme images and committing an act outraging public decency.

Searched

He is also accused of engaging in sexual acts in the presence of children and inciting children to watch another person engaging in sexual acts.

Mr Dynes was arrested as part of the first joint operation between the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, known as Operation Jarra.

His home was searched at the start of June.

The charges relate to various dates between 2009 and this year.
Mr Dynes appeared in Dungannon Magistrates' Court as the charges were read out.

Movies
He had been on bail since June while a forensic examination of what was found in his home took place.

That report revealed that his computers contained hundreds of images, the court heard.

Other extreme material was also recovered.

An NCA officer in court opposed bail and said the investigation had revealed Mr Dynes was chatting with boys and girls online and trying to incite them into committing sexual acts.

The judge refused bail and Mr Dynes will appear again by video-link next month


ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 11:45 AM


A former housemaster has been jailed for 19 years for sex offences against boys at a renowned Oxfordshire boarding school.

Trevor Bolton, 78, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, targeted his victims over 20 years at the former Carmel College.

Bolton was convicted of 16 counts of indecent assault, six counts of indecency with a child and three other sexual offences.

The sentence was welcomed by police and one of his victims.

Peter Gluckstein, 56, from London, was one of two men who waived anonymity after Bolton's conviction.

"I'm stunned but glad. I feel even more vindicated," he said after the sentencing.

Prey on boys: Adrian Foster, chief crown prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said Bolton lived in a flat above the boys' dormitories.

"He abused his position of trust and took advantage of his status to systematically prey on vulnerable or homesick young boys by inviting them to his flat to watch TV and smoke."

Mr Foster praised the courage of victims in exposing Bolton's behaviour.

"The emotional impact, on the victims and their families, of the abhorrent actions of this man is impossible to quantify," he said.

Media caption Victim Peter Gluckstein said he had blamed himself for the abuse

Det Con Trish Coyne, of Oxfordshire child abuse investigation unit, said: "The length of these sentences reflect the severity of Bolton's crimes.

"While the offences took place some time ago, and despite the fact that Bolton's eight victims are successful individuals, every single one of them has admitted the offences have had an impact on them well into their adult lives."

Carmel College: It was originally based at Greenham Common, Berkshire, but moved to Mongewell Park in 1952

During its life the school was attended by about 4,000 students a third from overseas

A 1973 edition of the Observer described it as "the Jewish Eton


ANON Oct 10rd, 2015 @ 10:18 AM


Father guilty of 'life-threatening' baby abuse..

A father who inflicted life-threatening injuries on a baby has been found guilty of abuse.

The baby was taken to hospital in September 2013 with four "extreme" injuries including bleeding to the brain, a court heard.

The baby's father was found guilty of four counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm at Truro Crown Court and will be sentenced next month.

The mother of the baby was found not guilty of all charges.

The father inflicted serious injuries as severe as those caused by "a high speed car accident", the court heard.

As well as bleeding to both sides of the brain, the baby's right leg swelled to double the size of his left leg and he had suffered multiple fractures.

'Suspicious injuries'…

During the trial Dr Eleanor McCartney, child protection doctor at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, told the court the injuries were "extreme" and not caused "by normal or even rough handling of a child".

Prosecuting, Rosaleen Collins said the injuries had happened on more than one occasion.

The father was not allowed to have unsupervised contact with the baby's brother, the court heard, after the boy sustained suspicious injuries a year earlier.

Neither the man, woman, nor the baby can be named for legal reasons.

The father was found guilty of one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm and three counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent but was cleared of one count of grievous bodily harm with intent.

The mother was found not guilty of four counts of grievous bodily harm with intent, four counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm and one count of allowing or causing injury to a child.


ANON Oct 10st, 2015 @ 01:39 PM


Indonesia to chemically castrate convicted paedophiles…

Indonesia's president will soon sign a decree authorising the use of chemical castration to punish paedophiles, the attorney general said, following a string of headline-grabbing child sex crimes.

Indonesia will join a small group of nations that allows such punishment, including Poland, Russia, and Estonia, as well as some U.S. states. In 2011,

South Korea became the first Asian country to use chemical castration as a punishment.

"We are very concerned about child molestation abuse cases. This phenomenon has reached extraordinary levels," Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo told reporters after a cabinet meeting late on Tuesday.

"It has been agreed that there will be additional punishment in order to make people think a thousand times before doing this," he said.

President Joko Widodo is expected to issue a presidential decree soon approving the punishment after the cabinet agreed to the measure late on Tuesday, Prasetyo said.

Chemical castration would involve injecting convicted paedophiles with a female hormone in the hope "his sexual desire will vanish", he said.

The rape last year of a 6-year-old student by a group of janitors at the U.S.-embassy backed Jakarta Intercultural School rekindled calls for tougher punishments.

There have been a number of other high-profile child sex crimes since then. A 9-year-old schoolgirl was raped and killed in the capital, Jakarta, earlier this month.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested in relation to that case.

Police believe the girl was strangled with a cell phone charger cable, Indonesian media has reported.


ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 12:36 PM


Met Police merges child sex abuse inquiries…

Scotland Yard says it has brought all its ongoing historical child sex abuse investigations under the control of one team.

The Met says officers from Operations Midland and Fairbank had identified "people and locations" in common.

It says it is "operationally important" to have the same officer in charge.

Operation Midland is an inquiry into claims of child abuse by establishment figures, while Operation Fairbank is a wider child abuse inquiry.

The homicide and serious crime detectives working on Operation Midland are merging with the expanded Fairbank team.

The merged operation will investigate child abuse and allegations of police cover-ups and support the Goddard Inquiry the independent inquiry into historical child sex abuse in England and Wales, led by Justice Lowell Goddard.

'Three child murders'

The combined investigation team will be led by Det Supt Ang Scott, from the Met's sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse (SOECA) unit.

Det Supt Kenny McDonald - who had been overseeing Operation Midland was widely criticised for describing the allegations as "credible and true".

BBC home affairs correspondent Tom Symonds said Mr McDonald was being moved to other work investigating murders.

He said the Met denied the move represented a downscaling of Operation Midland, its most sensitive investigation into allegations of child abuse and three child murders.

"Midland has been a separate team until now, made up of 27 officers focused on claims that a high-level paedophile operated in Westminster and other locations in the late 1970s and early 1980s," he added.

The new team will continue to investigate historical allegations of impropriety by police officers dealing with sexual abuse in the period 1970-2005.

To date the force has received 48 such allegations the Independent Police Complaints Commission is currently managing 29 of these


ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 12:23 PM


Wanted paedophile Paul Prestidge arrested in Cambodia…

A convicted paedophile who has been on a police wanted list has been arrested in Cambodia.

Paul Prestidge, 35, from Plymouth, Devon, was arrested by Cambodian police on Saturday.

The scout leader was jailed in 2007 for photographing naked boys and possessing indecent pictures of children.

He is now being questioned by Cambodian immigration officials and faces extradition back to the UK.

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed they were working with the National Crime Agency (NCA) on getting Prestidge returned to the UK.

The NCA said the arrest of Prestidge on immigration offences was a "matter for the Cambodian authorities".

'Betrayed scouting movement'

Prestidge is wanted by police for breaking the conditions of a sex offenders order after he failed to return from a trip to visit relatives in Spain in 2010.

During Prestidge's trial, Exeter Crown Court heard he encouraged boys aged nine and 10 to strip off and invented a game called Sahara in which they pretended they were so hot they had to take off all their clothes.

He also photographed boys during camping trips.

Judge Jeremy Griggs told him at the trial that he had "betrayed the scouting movement"


ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 11:51 AM


The priest at the centre of the Cloyne Report is pursuing a challenge under canonical law to his dismissal from the clergy.

The priest, referred to in the Cloyne Report as 'Fr Ronat' and 'Fr B', has vowed to clear his name with a full legal challenge to Rome.

The Irish Independent understands that a central element of the challenge will be the church's decision to issue an apology and offer compensation to those who had levelled allegations against him while the disciplinary process was still ongoing.

The cleric's legal team has argued that this stance was taken despite the fact that the cleric was acquitted in two criminal trials. He has consistently protested his innocence.

The dismissal of 'Fr Ronat' from the clerical state was recommended by an Irish canonical court almost two years ago. This was ratified by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of Rome's highest clerical courts, despite an appeal from Fr Ronat.

The elderly cleric lodged a challenge to the ruling under canonical law last April - and detailed submissions on that challenge have now been made.

This represents his last avenue of challenge to the disciplinary process beyond a personal appeal to Pope Francis. A decision from Rome on the challenge is not expected until next year.

The Irish canonical court, which suspended its probe to allow Judge Yvonne Murphy to complete the Cloyne Report into how the Cork diocese handled child-abuse allegations, recommended that the priest be defrocked in March 2013.

He was then given 15 days to indicate an appeal.

The cleric is not permitted to speak about the ongoing church appeal process.

However, a relative confirmed that the case is being "fought tooth and nail".

The man stressed that 'Fr Ronat' continues to vehemently deny the allegations and remains deeply upset by his treatment.

The cleric has never been convicted of any criminal offence and his family claim that he has been subjected to a campaign of harassment and intimidation.

He has also threatened legal action against a number of parties in relation to the matter.

The Irish canonical court upheld the allegations against the priest. Its recommendation was for his immediate "dismissal from the clerical state".

However, Fr Ronat's legal team has insisted that his position remains unchanged while the challenge is ongoing.

In the meantime, long-standing restrictions on his ministry remain in place.


ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 02:32 PM


Former scout leader jailed for abuse of boys…

A former Dublin Scout leader who sexually abused six young boys on camping trips in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s has been jailed for four and a half years.

David O’Brien, 63, would open the boys’ sleeping bags, reach under their pyjamas, and fondle their privates.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, O’Brien, of Benburb St, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of indecently assaulting six males in Dublin, Kilkenny, and Cork between 1975 and 1980. He has no previous convictions.

Judge Martin Nolan noted the “harrowing” victim impact reports handed in by the men in which several described being suicidal throughout their lives as a result of O’Brien’s abuse.

One survivor said that the scouts were “a hunting ground for [O’Brien’s] depraved pleasure”.

The judge observed that the offences took place in the ‘70s and early ‘80s and the maximum sentence that could be handed down for any individual offence was two years because of the law that was in force at the time.

However, he said it was within the court’s discretion to impose consecutive sentences. He imposed three consecutive sentences of two years and suspended the final 18 months.

Garda White told Gerardine Small, prosecuting, that Gardaí and the HSE were notified by O’Brien’s counsellor after he admitted sexually abusing young boy scouts more than 30 years ago.

She said the now adult victims were contacted and each gave Garda statements in 2014. She agreed with Michael Bowman, defending, that O’Brien leads an isolated life, is a chronic alcoholic, and has had “a multiplicity of inpatient stays” at psychiatric institutions.

The Garda further agreed that O’Brien, a former postman, suffered a breakdown in his 30s and had not abused boys since the 1980s.

One male, now aged 52, read a moving victim impact statement to the court in which he described how he has battled with depression, addiction and social anxiety for decades due to the abuse.

He described O’Brien’s assaults and said he had been suicidal and suffered nightmares and sleepless nights for decades, adding: “I just want one fucking day without David O’Brien.”

Another man took the witness box to read his victim impact statement, in which he described himself as a “survivor” with stability now at the age of 50.

He revealed he had been suicidal and had a “lifelong struggle” with depression and alcohol, but he “takes some comfort” that O


ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 02:28 PM


Man 'threatened to rape boy (14) if he didn't send him indecent images'…

A businessman threatened to rape a 14-year-old boy if he didn't send indecent images of himself, a court heard.

Laszlo Futo is also accused of sexual assaults on the teenager and subjecting him to a campaign of harassment on social media.

Police said they suspect the 30-year-old was about to return to his native Hungary when they arrested him in Belfast on Wednesday.

Futo, with an address at Inverary Drive in the city, is charged with using a public electronic network to send indecent, obscene or menacing messages, and two counts of sexual assault.

He faces further charges of inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity, common assault and harassment. The alleged offences cover a period between November 2014 and August 2015.

At Belfast Magistrates Court Futo was refused bail due to risks he could flee or reoffend.

Opposing his release, a detective constable claimed the accused targeted the boy immediately after meeting him through his car valeting business.

According to the boy, Futo used the online Snapchat service to exchange indecent images.

The detective said: "The defendant was saying to the injured party if you don't send me pictures and meet me I will put you in the back of my white van, take you into the country and rape you."

Futo had packed up his entire apartment when police detained him, the court heard. It was claimed that he told officers he was going back to Hungary.

His phone was seized and found to contain photographs of young males of "borderline age" engaging in sexual activity, the detective said. Under cross examination he confirmed there was no evidence of Futo trying to contact any other boys.

Defence counsel Declan Quinn told the court his client, a gay man, claims it was the alleged victim who first requested photos from him.

Deputy District Judge Joe Rice remanded the accused in custody to appear again by video-link next month.


ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 02:26 PM


Separate force to review Metropolitan Police's probe of Lord Brittan…

Lord Brittan's widow should have been informed that he would not have faced action over a rape allegation sooner, Scotland Yard has admitted.

Investigating officers told the complainant in April that there would not have been a prosecution had the late peer been alive, but his legal team were not told at the same time.

The Metropolitan Police today published the key findings from a report ordered after the force apologised to Lady Brittan. It followed a furore over allegations raised by Labour deputy leader Tom Watson.

In a lengthy statement the force also disclosed that commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has asked a separate force to review the investigation to ensure it was thorough and properly conducted.

Lord Brittan died in January without being told he had been cleared of a rape allegation.

The Met Police said the full report into its handling of the affair was confidential but published a summary of its details which named Lord Brittan for the first time "because of the unique circumstances of the case".

It concluded: "The MPS accepts that Lord Brittan's solicitors should have been informed at the same time as the complainant was informed.

"This would have permitted them to clarify the position with Lady Brittan, for which the MPS apologised in a letter to her solicitors on 6 October 2015.

"There had been no previous contact between the MPS and Lady Brittan during the investigation as it is not normal procedure to inform anyone other than the person accused of the offence.

"Relatives of people who die whilst under investigation would not normally be contacted after their death and would not be told what the outcome of the investigation would have been, or indeed whether it would have led to a charge or not.

"But the MPS recognises as it did throughout the dialogue with the CPS that the public interest in the case required a different approach."


ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 01:02 PM


Call to press ahead with child abuse law…

Children’s charities have urged the Government to give children a Christmas present of protection by pressing ahead with a new law on sexual predators.

Four groups Barnardos, the Children’s Rights Alliance, the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and the Immigrant Council of Ireland joined forces to take their message to the Dáil.

They want no let-up on the progress of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill, fearing that if it’s left much longer it could get elbowed out of the way by other business in the run-up to the election.

The bill will make it an offence to groom children for sexual exploitation and strengthen measures against online predators and child pornography.

The four charity heads said: “The Sexual Offences Bill is an opportunity to protect some of the most vulnerable children in Ireland from sexual predators determined to exploit them in the general community, online and in child prostitution.

“The measures it proposes have been the subject of lengthy debate and it is important that we see political leadership from all sides now so that this important piece of legislation does not fall by the wayside ahead of the general election.”

The bill also makes it a crime to buy sexual services a key demand of more than 70 groups who have signed up to the Turn Off The Red Light campaign and who say the way to tackle prostitution and sex trafficking is to end demand for purchased sex.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald told the Seanad last week that amendments to the bill would also be made to simultaneously decriminalise the sale of sex so that those working in prostitution were not targeted for prosecution.

The bill also remedies the gender anomaly on incest as currently the offence applies only to male offenders, and it creates a two-year proximity clause around the age of consent which safeguards teenagers from automatic prosecution where one or both are below the legal age of consent but they are engaged in consensual sex.


ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 12:02 PM


Indecent assault sentence reduced…

An 80-year-old man jailed for indecently assaulting a 10-year-old boy, often multiple times a day, until he was 15, has had the final 12 months of his four-year prison sentence suspended following a successful appeal.

Patrick Bassett, of The Farmhouse, Sarsfield Court, Glanmire, Co Cork, had pleaded guilty to 22 counts of indecently assaulting the boy and one count of indecently assaulting his brother in Co Cork in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

He was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment by Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin at Cork Circuit Criminal Court on May 28, 2014.

The Court of Appeal found yesterday that the final 12 months of Bassett’s sentence should have been suspended in light of his signed plea of guilty in the district court, at the earliest possible stage of proceedings.

Speaking on behalf of the three-judge court, Mr Justice George Birmingham said the abuse started when one of the brothers was 10 and continued until he was 14 or 15.

Mr Justice Birmingham said a signed plea of guilty was valuable in cases of a sexual nature. It indicates at an early stage that there will not be a contested trial or cross-examination of victims and it aids the administration of justice.

“For that reason only the sentence should be subject to some element of interference,” said the judge.

He suspended the final 12 months of Bassett’s four year sentence and ordered he be subject to 12 months’ post-release supervision.


ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 12:43 PM


Women take action over labour at Magdalene laundry…

Four women who claim they were used as forced labour in a Magdalene laundry have brought High Court proceedings challenging the refusal to admit them to the State’s compensation scheme for survivors.

The Magdalene laundry compensation scheme was set up by the Government in 2013.

The basis for the women’s exclusion is that, while it is accepted that they had worked at St Mary’s Refuge Magdalene Laundry at High Park Convent,

Drumcondra, Dublin, they were not actually admitted to that institution.
Instead, they had been admitted to An Grianán Institution, located in the grounds of the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of Refuge, High Park, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra.

An Grianán was deemed a separate and specific institution to the laundry.

The women claim that while they were residents at An Grianán they were forced to perform labour for no pay at the laundry every weekday.
Judicial review

In their judicial review proceedings, all four women want High Court orders quashing the decisions refusing to admit them to the scheme.

They claim their exclusion is unreasonable and irrational, that it flies in the face of common sense and breaches their rights to Constitutional justice and fair procedures.

Permission to bring the challenges was granted, on an ex-parte basis, by Mr Justice Richard Humphreys, who returned the matters to early December.


ANON Oct 10th, 2015 @ 12:29 PM


Staffordshire historical child abuse case police quiz man…

Detectives investigating allegations of historical child abuse involving a politician in Staffordshire have questioned a man.

The 55-year-old was interviewed under caution by police in connection with an inquiry prompted by Esther Baker.

Ms Baker, who waived her anonymity, said she was abused in the 1980s and 90s with police officers present, and that a politician also abused her.

Staffordshire Police said the man had not been arrested.