Mum of child rape victim (4) guilty of perverting justice
A woman whose four-year-old daughter was raped by her partner as she attended an evening class found out she was pregnant by him on the day of the sex attack, a court has heard.
The 27-year-old woman was remanded in custody after appearing in the dock of Belfast Crown Court on a charge of trying to pervert the course of justice.
In March the woman's now former partner was unanimously convicted by a jury of raping her four-year-old daughter in the house they shared in Co Antrim.
However, it emerged yesterday that despite being found guilty of raping the child on November 13, 2013, the 26-year-old Co Antrim man continues to deny the offence.
Both the victim and her mother have since left NI.
During the trial, the jury was told the man was not the child's biological father, that he had met the child's mother via the internet and that they then set up home together in Co Antrim.
On the evening of the attack the girl's mother was attending an evening class and the little girl was being looked after by the man she called "Daddy".
While at the class the mother received a call from the accused.
When she arrived home and saw her child was bleeding, she asked a neighbour for advice and the youngster was taken to Antrim Area Hospital.
While there, the girl's mother initially lied about how her daughter sustained the injury.
She claimed that she swiped the child's hand away from her private area while in the shower.
But she later admitted this was a lie and pleaded guilty to trying to pervert the course of justice.
Her barrister, Kieran Mallon QC, said that on the date of the offence his client "became aware she was pregnant" with her partner's child, which rendered her both shocked and confused.
She went on to have a little boy.
He also said despite her initial lies, his client did "come clean" and inform police she was not at home when the injuries were sustained.
Crown prosecutor Terence Mooney QC also said how the former partner, found guilty of rape, continues to "resist culpability" despite the "overwhelming and compelling" evidence.
Judge Gordon Kerr QC remanded both her and her ex-partner into custody and reserved sentence until next Wednesday.