A man who sexually assaulted his teenage cousin in the grounds of a church in Galway city has been jailed for 30 months.

The 32-year old man, who cannot be named to protect the woman's identity, pleaded guilty to engaging in a sexual act with a child under the age of 17, on a date in May 2018 at a location in Galway city.

The Central Criminal Court heard the man was 29 at the time, and the girl was 16.

According to the Irish Examiner, on her way home the victim told the bus driver what had happened, and an investigation got under way.

Gardai arrested the defendant on 22nd May 2018, and the court heard he had 140 previous convictions.

Passing down a 30-month sentence yesterday, Justice Paul McDermott said the victim was a vulnerable person and the defendant took advantage of her after she became intoxicated - he also noted the significant disparity in age.

 

 

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