Longford man jailed for sexually abusing nephew 40 years ago

Liam Cosgrove

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Liam Cosgrove

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Longford Courthouse.

A man has been jailed for sexually abusing his nephew 40 years ago.

A 59 year old Co Longford man has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after being found guilty of indecently assaulting his nephew almost 40 years ago.

A jury convicted Mel Greene, formerly of Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, but currently residing in the UK, in October 2018 at Longford Circuit Criminal Court on 15 separate counts between October 1 1979 and June 30 1980.

His victim, John Greene, who waived his right to anonymity at today’s sentencing, was five years old when the offending started.

The court heard how the victim recalled sitting on his uncle’s knee and having his voice recorded before the accused rubbed the victim’s body against his crotch area.

The victim alleged those incidents took place two to three times a week for possibly two weeks.

In a victim impact statement read out to the court by Mr Greene’s wife, Deirdre, the court heard how his uncle’s absence of an apology and denial over what had occurred brought with it “far reaching” implications for him and his family.

“Mel, I tried to contact you on three occasions but you never replied,” she said.

“It is too hard to put into words (the aftereffects of what transpired).

“There was shock, embarrassment, disbelief, shouting and tears.

“Mel, you never spoke in court. John did and had to endure hours of uncontrolled and relentless questioning."

Judge Keenan Johnston sentenced Mel Greene to 18 months in prison, suspending the final six months of that term for a period of five years.

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