A Limerick city man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting his teenage stepdaughter at his home over an 18 month period.
Throughout a week-long trial at Limerick Circuit Court, the 52-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had denied a total of 20 charges, which were alleged to have happened on various dates between May 2008 and December 2009.
This afternoon - following more than six hours of deliberations - the jury of eight men and four women found the defendant guilty of three of the charges. He was acquitted of the other 17.
In her evidence the victim, who is now aged 19, told the jury her stepfather had repeatedly groped and felt her outside her clothing and she said he often referred to her and her mother as his “two whores”.
The girl claimed on two occasions the accused man put his hands down the side of her pants and ripped her underwear from her while her mother sat in another chair in the same room.
The teenager’s mother, who is aged 41, had been accused of “intentionally or recklessly” endangering her daughter by allegedly allowing the sexual abuse to continue.
There were loud cheers and claps from the public gallery of the courtroom when the jury returned a not guilty verdict the case against her , which was one of the first of its kind.
The 52-year-old man, whose name has been placed on the Register of Sex Offenders, will be sentenced on February 21, next.