The barrister representing a Mayo man, who was found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting his daughter, has told a court that his client does not accept the jury’s verdict and maintains his innocence.

The 47-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the victim’s identity, was found guilty by a Central Criminal Court jury of three counts of rape, five counts of anal rape and six counts of sexual assault of his daughter in Co Mayo and abroad between 2006 and 2010.

The girl was between seven and eleven years of age at the time. The man has eight previous convictions in Ireland and nine abroad.

The court heard that the victim was in care when she disclosed to her social workers that her father had “behaved inappropriately” towards her and an investigation commenced.

Her father, who had a problem with alcohol and was intoxicated when he committed these offences, denied everything when he was arrested by gardaí.

The court heard the abuse had a very serious and traumatic effect on the victim which resulted in her making a number of suicide attempts.

Defence counsel Michael P O’Higgins said his client does not accept the jury’s verdict and he maintains his innocence. He said his client intended to appeal his conviction as soon as possible.

 Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy remanded the man in custody until April 23 when he will be sentenced.

 

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