Dublin mother jailed for sexually assaulting her 4-year-old daughter

A Dublin mother is to spend 16 months in jail for sexually exploiting her four-year-old daughter by filming her on her mobile phone.

The 28-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the child’s identity, also pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the girl on March 12, 2010.

Judge Martin Nolan said he found the mobile phone footage disturbing and while he accepted the accused was not the brightest person in the world, he said she should have known that what she was doing was “dreadfully serious and reprehensible”.

The court heard the woman filmed her daughter with the girl’s father who is naked from the waist down.

Gardaí say the 28-year-old was so drunk she could not really remember what she had done and visibly gagged when she was shown the footage. Her daughter is now in care.

The video came to light accidentally when a member of the public found a smashed mobile phone and handed it in to gardaí over concerns about the content of the sim card.

The judge said he accepts the accused is genuinely remorseful and he has imposed a three-year sentence but suspended most of it bar 16 months.

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