October 2012

Man waits decade to confess to child sex abuse crime

A 49-year-old man who sexually abused a little girl over a decade ago walked into a police station years later and confessed to what he had done.

Enniskillen Crown Court heard that if Vincent McCaffrey had not come forward and admitted indecently assaulting the girl “there would be no case whatsoever” against him.

McCaffrey, from Carrowshee Park, Lisnaskea, was given a Combination Order of 12 months in prison followed by 12 months on probation.

He has already spend three months in custody, the equivalent of a six-month sentence, and was told he has another six months to serve.

He pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting the girl on a date unknown between January 1, 1998, and December 31, 2001, when she was aged 11 or 12.

Prosecuting counsel, Mr. Robin Steer, told the court that McCaffrey had been at a drinking party in the girl’s aunt’s house in Enniskillen.

He went into the girl’s bedroom to give her a cigarette. He touched her over her clothes before penetrating her with a finger. She told him to stop.

Years later McCaffrey confessed to the crime and the police traced the victim but she said she did not want to make a complaint against him.

Judge Geoffrey Miller told McCaffrey this was a serious sexual assault committed when McCaffrey was under the influence of drink and drugs.

“You told police you were aware of what you were doing when you were doing it,” he added.

Imposing a combination order for two years, the judge also disqualified McCaffrey from working for children for five years and ordered him to remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.