Local pleads guilty to sex abuse of boys

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AN Enniscorthy man has pleaded guilty of the abuse of two boys including one he met while volunteering with the scouts.

Michael Malone (50) of Bree, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to sample counts of indecent assault and sexual assault of a child at locations in Wexford town, Co. Wexford, on dates between December 1st, 1989 and December 31st, 1991.

Malone also pleaded guilty to sample counts of sexual assault of another child at locations in Wexford town, Co Wexford, on dates between January 18th, 1991 and December 16th, 1992.

systematic nature of the abuse over a period time

Mr Justice White sentenced Malone to two years imprisonment on two sample counts of sexual assault each relating to the two victims and suspended one year from each of these sentences. He suspended the sentences on condition he remain under supervision of the Probation Service for two years post release.

He ordered that all sentences will run consecutively with each other – giving an operating sentence of eight years imprisonment, but with the final four years suspended.

salute the courage of the two complainants

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Michael White said he wanted to salute the courage of the two complainants. What happened was not their fault as they were innocent children who were preyed upon by the accused.

Mr Justice White said the case was aggravated by the systematic nature of the abuse over a period time and it seemed clear that Malone was grooming the boys. He said the case was further aggravated by the impact it had on the victims and by the very serious breach of trust.

He said the mitigating factors in the case were the man’s guilty plea, his remorse and that he was “a very young man” when the offending took place. He also noted as neutral issues that significant time had passed since the offences and the accused had lived “a blame-free life” since.

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