A 76 year-old man who sexually molested seven girls aged between 7 and 12 over a seven year period was sentenced to a total of three years in prison at Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court today .

Patrick Reilly, Shanaghy, Belmullet, Co. Mayo, was described by one of his victims, in victim impact statements read to the court, as “an evil monster who destroyed my childhood”.

Judge Sean O’Donnabhain lifted reporting restrictions to allow for the publication in the media of the name of the accused.

However, he barred publication of the victims’ names or any details of the court case which might lead to the identification of any of the victims.

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