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Man From Valleymount, Wicklow Jailed For Raping His Foster Daughter

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She told Gardaí she was raped up to five times each week.

A man has been jailed for eleven years for raping his foster daughter over a thousand times while she was under his care from age 11 to 18.

The woman decided to waive her right to anonymity so that 56-year-old Stephen Murray, of Humphreystown, Valleymount, Co Wicklow, could be named.

Kelly Kemmy, now 24, told the court she stands before Stephen Murray now as a “survivor” and is determined not to let the abuse define her.

Murray and his wife had been trusted to take care of her, but between Feb 2009 and Dec 2015, she told Gardaí he raped her up to five times every week.

It began in the living room, before he started abusing her in her bedroom while other family members, including his wife, were often in the house sleeping.

The judge described Murray as “devious” in keeping this a secret from his wife. He said he had inflicted “terror, fear and isolation” on the child.

Ms Kemmy went to GardaÍ after Murray text her in 2019, four years after the abuse ended, to see if they could “go again.”

In court, she told him she came to his home, “craving love and acceptance,” but has just been surviving life for 15 years.

“Sometimes only existing,” she said.

Murray was sentenced to 12 years in prison with the final year suspended.

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