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Sunday 29 May 2016

Victim says she regrets reporting child abuse to Gardai

Published 11/01/2007

A 34-year-old child abuse victim has told the Central Criminal Court she regrets reporting it because this allowed the perpetrator to victimise her for seven years by trying to stop his trial.

The woman was speaking at the sentencing hearing of 56-year-old Philip Gaynor, of Green Lane in Leixlip, who attempted to rape and indecently assault her between 1980 and 1985.

He has been jailed for eight years for his crimes.

The court heard today that Gaynor carried out the offences in a bedroom, a shed and in his car on dates between 1980 and 1985 when the victim was aged between eight and 13 years.

He told her she was a good girl and he was just playing.

He also threatened her and bribed her with sweets so she wouldn't tell anyone about the abuse.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted rape and two of indecent assault in November last year.

In the stand today, the victim said there was no release for her from the nightmare of abuse.

She said she regretted coming forward as Gaynor then tried to prevent his prosecution in the High Court and Supreme Court over the past seven years and her family had been intimidated.

She added that she has lived in fear for her personal safety since she went to Gardai.

Gaynor's lawyers told the court that he too had been abused as a child and he apologised to the victim, but she didn't accept it.

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