Woman pleads guilty to child abuse charges

Monday 10 March 2014 23.42
The woman pleaded guilty to a number of child abuse charges at Roscommon Circuit Criminal Court
The woman pleaded guilty to a number of child abuse charges at Roscommon Circuit Criminal Court

A 47-year-old woman will be sentenced in May after pleading guilty to a number of child abuse charges at Roscommon Circuit Criminal Court.

The woman has pleaded guilty to a total of 12 charges, in connection with offences that took place between 2004 and 2008.

These include five counts of sexual assault and two charges of exploitation.

The other five charges relate to ill-treatment, neglect, wilful assault or abandonment, likely to cause suffering.

The offences took place in the west of Ireland.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, did not speak during this afternoon's proceedings at Roscommon Courthouse.

Caroline Biggs SC for the Director of Public Prosecutions, told the court that when the defendant was initially interviewed by gardaí, she had accepted some of the accounts given by the victim.

The girl did not give evidence but requested that an impact statement be read to the court by a garda sergeant.

In it, the girl said she did not feel safe or secure when the crimes were perpetrated and that she thought it was her fault they had occurred.

The court heard the girl believed that the events that were taking place were a normal part of everyday life. She said she had been too afraid to tell anybody about the abuse.

Judge Tony Hunt acceded to a defence request for interview transcripts to be provided and asked that probation reports be furnished to relevant parties as soon as they become available.

The court heard a psychiatric assessment of the 47-year-old woman has also been completed.

The matter will be back before Roscommon Circuit Criminal Court in May. The woman has been released on bail until then.