‘Glad he’s dead’ Late Irish rugby player David Tweed’s daughter reveals ‘monster sexually abused me’
“To think he attended my birth and held me in his arms knowing that at some stage in the future he was going to abuse me, is sickening”
Vicky Tweed 26, the daughter of former unionist politician and Irish rugby star Davy Tweed speaks exclusively to the Sunday World about the years of sexual abuse suffered by father. ‘ I’m glad he’s dead, I actually celebrated death with friends. He cant harm any more wee girls.’ Pic: Sunday World
November 07 2021 08:30 AM
Victoria Tweed – the second youngest of Irish rugby player Davy Tweed’s four children – waived her right to anonymity this week after her father was killed in a motorbike crash to speak about her childhood of hell.
“Davy Tweed wasn’t a man. He was a monster and it’s time everyone knew,” she said.
“People say he was a great rugby player and brilliant unionist politician. But to me, he was the dark shadow who entered my bedroom every night to abuse me.
“To think he attended my birth and held me in his arms knowing that at some stage in the future he was going to abuse me, is sickening,” said mum-of-two Victoria (26).
She added: “But it’s over now. He can’t hurt me or anyone else ever again.”
Victoria, who didn’t attend her father’s funeral on Monday, said she was happy when she heard that he had been killed.
Victoria is one of a number of young women who have said they were abused by Tweed while they were children.
They decided to speak out in reaction to recent plaudits praising Tweed (61) as a hero.
Extensive investigations into the sordid and secret life of the former rugby star this week revealed he wasn’t the upstanding unionist politician and Orangeman he liked to portray.
In reality, the 6ft 6in man mountain was a violent thug, a religious bigot and an intimidating bully who abused young girls.
And as a way of keeping his victims in check, he liked to boast of his close ties with senior UVF figures.
Victoria Tweed today tells the world about the relentless torture she endured as a child.
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She said: “My first memory of being abused by Davy Tweed was when I was about six. It affected my childhood, but I managed to block a lot of it out.
“The person who was supposed to be my protector was coming into my bedroom every night to abuse me.
“It was when I was having my own baby I began to get flashbacks about what happened.
“I went to the police and made a statement, but I didn’t feel strong enough to go through a court case.
“I grew up and moved away and that helped me. But I always knew I wanted to speak out for the sake of others,” she said.
“People try to make out Davy Tweed was a great man – a great rugby man and a great unionist politician – but he wasn’t. He was a paedophile.
“When he was in prison, I applied to visit him. I wanted to question him,” said Victoria.
“But he turned down my request,” she added.
Our investigations revealed Tweed was a dangerous and persistent paedophile who abused a number of girls in north Antrim.
Today we also reveal details of another of Tweed’s victims.
The young woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, was an eight-year-old primary school girl when the rugby star subjected her to a horrendous sexual assault.
A Service of Thanksgiving was held on Monday in Hebron Free Presbyterian Church, Ballymoney for David Alexander Tweed, who died on October 28th 2021 as a result of a road traffic accident. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
But when the victim was a 17-year-old teenager, she found the courage to face Tweed down.
“Tweed came towards me, but I just told him to ‘Eff off!’
“He wanted to give me a lift home, but I refused. Then he tried to humiliate me by throwing money at me.
“Tweed rolled cash notes into a ball and threw it at me. He smirked and said, ‘Thanks for your services’.”
Davy Tweed then warned the terrified teenager he would arrange for Protestant paramilitaries kill her if she told anyone.
And later that day as he drove back to Ballymoney, Tweed was injured in a serious car crash.
Now a mature woman with a family of her own, the survivor also told the Sunday World of the happiness she experienced last week when she heard Tweed had died.
“I’m not normally like that, but I was really glad. Davy Tweed would never again be in a position to hurt another child.
“He was a stinking paedophile and now everyone knows it. The world is a better place now to be rid of this dreadful human being,” she said.
In 2009, Tweed, who lived on the family farm outside Dunloy, was charged with 10 sex offences against two young girls. He was acquitted.
On November 28 2012, Tweed was convicted on a string of child sex offences and sent to jail for eight years. He also pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife Margaret.
But following an appeal four years later, his conviction was quashed on a technicality and he was released. He never pursued a compensation claim for the years he spent behind bars.
Irish rugby star and serial paedophile Davy Tweed sexually abused young girls, including two of his own daughters.
An investigation by the in north Antrim this week revealed the full extent of Tweed’s reign of violent and sexual terror over youngsters he was supposed to protect.
Today, one of his daughters bravely speaks out to set the record straight.