A Galway man has been jailed for five years after admitting the sexual abuse of his young niece for three years.

The man (31), who cannot be named to protect his victim’s identity, began abusing the child when she was aged six years old.

According to Today’s Irish Times, he pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to sexually assaulting and sexually exploiting his niece at his home on dates between June 9, 2013 and July 16, 2016.

A local garda told Paddy McCarthy SC, prosecuting, that the abuse occurred when the victim visited her grandparent’s house, where her uncle also lived.

The abuse came to light when the victim told her cousin about what had happened and this cousin then convinced her to tell her mother.

The garda said it was his view that the defendant “has not shown any remorse”. The man has no previous convictions and has not come to garda attention since.

Justice Alex Owens said that the man had manipulated a young child. The victim adored her uncle and he took advantage of this, the court heard.

The judge said he took into consideration evidence that the man was himself sexually abused as a child. He noted the man’s limited intellectual ability and reduced a nine year sentence to six years to reflect this mitigating factor.

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