Graham Daly aged 37, a teacher who raped and sexually abused his little brother when they were children has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years.
Graham was “a big brother who should have protected his younger brother”, Ms Justice Karen O’Connor said. Instead, Daly abused his brother Thomas over a four-year period from when the boy was 10 years old.
Daly, of Clonree, Newport, Co Tipperary, was found guilty by a jury of seven counts of raping and sexually abusing his brother on dates between January 1998 and December 2002 following a Central Criminal Court trial last December. Most of the abuse took place in the family home in Limerick, the trial heard.
Daly does not accept the verdict of the jury and he continues to maintain his innocence, the court heard. His younger brother waived his right to anonymity, meaning Daly can be named.
Sentencing him yesterday, Ms Justice O’Connor noted that Daly denied the charges “vociferously” at all times and raised a number of motives as to why his brother would accuse him of sexual abuse.
Daly suggested his brother was “lying because he was jealous of his achievements” and that the younger man “wanted to destroy his older brother’s life” because Daly disclosed to his parents that his younger brother is gay, the court heard. The men’s parents have sided with Daly against their younger son.
Ms. Justice O’Connor paid tribute to Thomas Daly, who she said conducted himself in a dignified manner throughout the trial process. She noted the abuse has had a devastating impact on his life and on his family life.
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