Man pleads guilty to raping boy

Man pleads guilty to raping boy
Anthony Moynihan (54) of Rostellan, Midleton, co. Cork pictured at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. Pic from Cork Courts Ltd

A rape victim waived his right to anonymity as a 54-year-old East Cork man pleaded guilty to raping him twice when he was approximately 10 years old.

Anthony Moynihan of Crocane, Rostellan, Midleton, pleaded guilty to the rape of Dylan Higgins on two dates between September 1, 2006, and June 27, 2008, at an address at Upper Aghada.

Counts three and four on the indictment referred to the sexual assault of Dylan Higgins by Moynihan on unknown dates during the same period of time.

Mr Justice Michael White said evidence would be required on the effects of the crime on the victim and he directed the preparation of a victim impact statement in advance of sentencing.

Defence senior counsel Tom Creed asked for the case to be adjourned until May 7.

Mr Justice White acceded to that application at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Cork yesterday but said that the sentencing would take place in Dublin on May 7.

Mr Creed said the defendant was undergoing treatment for cancer at the moment. The accused was remanded on continuing bail.

When he was arraigned yesterday it emerged that Moynihan was unable speak. His solicitor, Ken Murray, entered the guilty plea on Moynihan’s behalf to each of the charges — two counts of rape and two of sexual assault.

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