February 2018

Vile Clare pervert auctioneer Noel Kelleher, 64, is caged for eight years

A SICK pervert is behind bars after being blasted for “having no shame” by his brave abuse victim.

Noel Kelleher was today sentenced to nine years in jail, with the last 12 months suspended, for 13 sex crimes against a minor.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the auctioneer, 64 — described as a “man of standing” in Ennis, Co Clare, and with an address in Roslevan — had subjected a friend’s daughter to more than a year of sexual abuse from June 1991, when she was aged 12.

After years of trying to block out her trauma, it all came “tumbling out” when the victim suffered severe postnatal depression on the birth of her first child.

Prosecution barrister Pauline Walley SC told how the woman has since spent time in psychiatric care and made several attempts to end her life.

Reading out her Victim Impact Statement, the woman — who waived her right to anonymity so Kelleher could be named — said they might not have been in court if he had just said ‘sorry’.

She added: “The shame, the blame, the pain, the humiliation, the anger and isolation I have experienced has done something to me that is impossible to describe. I just want it to go away.

“This should not be my shame to carry. It should be his. But I think he has no shame.”

Passing sentencing, Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy said Kelleher’s abuse had had a “deep and long-lasting impact”.

She added: “These are very serious offences perpetrated on a young child by a man she believed to have social standing.”