Wexford man raped girl who became pregnant aged 13

An elderly Wexford man was jailed for 11 years in the Central Criminal Court yesterday (Monday) after pleading guilty to raping a teenage girl who became pregnant at 13, and sexually molesting her three younger sisters.

The abuse which went on for a number of years, came to light in 2006 when the first victim's teacher noticed she was putting on weight and became suspicious that she might be pregnant.

The abuse of all four sisters emerged during the subsequent inquiries with the older girl telling gardai that the man would rape her in the family home and outside in a field. One of the girls was six when the defendant molested her.

Mr. Justice Patrick McCarthy noted that three of the four children were of limited intellectual capacity, making them exceptionally vulnerable.Their mother knew the man and would take him to the family home on weekends from his isolated rural home.

The Judge said that the house in which the offences occurred was for those four children a 'house of horrors'.

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