Father charged with 185 counts of raping daughters

A 48-year-old Co Galway father has been charged with 185 counts of raping three of his daughters over a 17 year period. He appeared before Athenry District Court on Tuesday where he was remanded in custody.

The charges are in addition to 10 rape charges, which include a fourth daughter, and two counts of neglect and cruelty towards a son which were put to the man when he was arrested on Christmas Eve.

His wife, who faces a total of 18 charges of cruelty and neglect of her children between May 2002 and June of last year, was also remanded in custody.

Judge Joseph Mangan remanded the 45-year-old mother in custody at Mountjoy Women’s Prison to appear before Ennis District Court on Friday week, January 22nd.

Her husband was remanded in custody to Castlerea Prison to appear before Harristown District Court this Friday, January 15th.  The man has been charged with 140 counts of rape against one daughter from 1991 to 2008.

He has been charged with 24 counts of rape of another daughter from 1991 to 1996. The man faces 21 charges of rape of a third daughter in a period from 1991 to 1996. The couple cannot be named for legal reasons.

It was the third time the matter had been before the courts after brief hearings in Galway on Christmas Eve, and Ennis on December 29th, where they were refused bail.

The couple’s solicitor Sheena McCarthy said that a High Court application for bail on Monday was adjourned.

The application will be heard today (Friday). An application for bail for the 48-year-old father was refused by Judge Mangan.

Via - Irish Times



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