A County Kerry man who repeatedly raped his wife's niece 30 years ago has been jailed for 10 years.

The now 41-year-old woman made a report to gardaí in 2019, outlining that her aunt's husband raped her on a number of occasions, which first started when she was nine years old.

She said she used to regularly visit the couple in their family home and often slept in the same bed as them. She said the attacks would take place after her aunt got up in the mornings.

The now 61-year-old man pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to four sample charges from a total of 13 charges of raping the girl on dates between 1990 and 1994.

Passing sentence today, Mr Justice Alex Owens said "very significant harm" had been done to the victim and that she has suffered "significant psychological symptoms" as a result of the abuse.

Justice Owens said this was not a one-off, nor was it "infrequent or irregular" offending. He said there had been a gross breach of trust and that the man "selected a victim who was young and vulnerable".

The judge noted the man has a mild intellectual disability and will find imprisonment more difficult as a result. He also noted that the vast majority of people in the man's intellectual cohort do not go on to be "sexual predators".

He said it was clear there was no remorse and that the man has little empathy for the victim. He noted the man has admitted to having a sexual interest in teenage girls and as a result he cannot regard the man as being at a low-risk of reoffending.

Justice Owens sentenced the man to 11 years imprisonment, but suspended the final year of the sentence on strict conditions, including that he not have any unsupervised access to children.