Friday, November 15, 2019

Man jailed for 12 years for raping foster daughter

A man who r.a.p.e.d his foster daughter after giving her alcohol - and then tried to claim she sexually assaulted him - has been jailed for 12 years.

A judge hit out at Richard Moloney, 41, telling the rapist he has shown no remorse over the attack on traumatised Ciara Monaghan, who has waived her right to anonymity, who has since tried to take her own life.

Moloney plied Ms Monaghan, then 16, and her friend with vodka and beer before he r.a.p.e.d her at his home in Roscrea, Co Tipperary in Ireland.

The judge said the rapist lied when he gave evidence under oath at his trial, claiming his victim had sexually assaulted him, the Irish Mirror reports.

Ms Monaghan and her supporters hugged when Moloney was jailed, and she said outside court that she was pleased with the sentence.

Moloney was found guilty by a jury of r.a.p.e, oral r.a.p.e and sexually assaulting Ms Monaghan, now 19, on July 16, 2016.

The conviction followed a trial at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin last July.

At a sentencing hearing in October, brave Ms Monaghan turned to face Moloney and told him: "Today I stand in front of you a survivor."

She waived her right to anonymity so Moloney can be identified.

The attack has had a “very destructive” impact on the victim and she has suffered enormously, Mr Justice Alex Owens said as he jailed Moloney on Wednesday.

The court heard Ms Monaghan was home alone for the weekend with her foster father when he plied both her and her friend with vodka and beer.

When the friend got sick and went to bed, Moloney attacked his foster daughter by kissing her and forcing her to give him oral sex before taking her into his bedroom and raping her.

During the attack she was distressed and tried to call out, but he put his hand over her mouth, a garda detective told Conor Devally SC, prosecuting.

Afterwards, the girl told her friend what had happened and the pair left the house in the early hours of the morning.

When interviewed by gardai, the man “painted a picture of her being brazen and highly sexualised”, Mr Devally said.

The man told gardai he woke up at one point and found her on top of him and told her: “Go back to bed you little b****.”

Mr Sexton said the offence was out of character for his client and he urged the judge to take into account the “years of positive activity” with the foster children prior to the rape.

Justice Owens imposed a post release supervision period of four years and ordered Moloney to stay away from the victim and to engage in an alcohol addiction programme.