A woman raped and abused by her own father from the age of three has bravely spoken out in court telling him Dad, you stripped me of every human right.
Sick sex beast John Murphy, 61, subjected Sophia Murphy to an horrific 13-year reign of terror, which she said took her ‘innocence, childhood and her voice – until today.’
She has now bravely waved her right to anonymity to ensure her father can be named, reading out a powerful victim impact statement as he was jailed for 18 years on Friday.
Young mum Sophia told him Dad, you stripped me of every human right.
My worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my confidence, my innocence, my childhood, my education, my teenage years, a normal life, even my own voice – until today.
She added There is not a day in my life I don’t remember you abusing me.
You abused me sexually, emotionally and physically. You never left me alone. It was just never ending, day after day, night after night.
The ex-defence forces man, formerly of Foxford, Co Mayo, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the rape, indecent assault and sexual assault of Sophia in Galway and Mayo between 1988 and 2001.
He also admitted to a final incident of sexual assault of her in 2010.
Murphy is currently serving an eight-year sentence in Arbour Hill prison for previous sexual abuse charges, imposed last February at Castlebar Circuit Court.
Sophia, now 33, was aged between three and 16 years of age at the time of the majority of the offences, reports Irish Mirror.
In her victim impact statement which she read to the court, she outlined that she wished to go public to encourage other people in her position to come forward.
She said Silence protects the abuser and imprisons the victim. Take back your life; break the silence. You are not a victim for sharing your story, you are a survivor.
Mr Justice Michael White noted the length, intensity and depravity of the sexual abuse.
He said the police evidence and Ms Murphy’s victim impact statement had been harrowing and exceptional.
He said Ms Murphy had shown remarkable lucidity in her victim impact statement and was a very dignified person who had overcome the abuse to become a loving mother and partner and take up fulfilling employment.
In outlining the aggravating factors, the judge took into account the impact of the abuse on Ms Murphy and the particularly serious nature of the abuse, perpetrated over a period of time.
He said the breach of trust from a man who should have been protecting his daughter was a very grave wrong.
He said Ms Murphy had great love and affection for her father but hated what he was doing.
Murphy also admitted raping his daughter when interviewed by police.
Judge White said that taking into account the depth, length and nature of this abuse, the headline sentence – before taking into account the mitigating factors – had to be life imprisonment.
The judge said in his view, Murphy’s remorse was genuine and he had acknowledged the great hurt he had caused his daughter.
He noted Murphy’s guilty pleas and his serious health problems.
Mr Justice White imposed consecutive sentences totalling 18 years, which were backdated to when Murphy went into custody in December 2017.
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