A Brave Woman, Giltrap is finally Trapped, a Evil Rapist??? The Paedophile will be Sentenced on Tuesday next??

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TORMENT Brave victim of paedophile John Giltrap waives anonymity as rapist appeals sentence

Caroline was repeatedly raped by her sister’s partner from the age of 10 until she was 15

Caroline Kavanagh suffered years of abuse by Giltrap

Caroline Kavanagh suffered years of abuse by Giltrap


December 19 2021 08:40 PM

A woman who was repeatedly raped by her sister’s partner from the age of 10 until she was 15 has waived her right to anonymity because she wants other victims of abuse to know they can get justice.

John Giltrap (60), from Termonbarry, Hospital Hill, Bunclody, Co. Wexford, was sentenced to 11 years behind bars last year after being convicted of repeatedly raping Caroline Kavanagh from 1978 to 1984 when she was a child.

The Sunday World exposed Giltrap at the time of his sentencing but Caroline (52) could not be identified because a court ruling in October 2020 which meant child victims could not be named even when they became adults and wished to waive their right to anonymity.

The law was amended last May and when Giltrap appeared in court on Friday appealing his conviction, the Court of Appeal said the evil beast lost his right to anonymity when he was convicted and that Caroline can now also be named.

The court will deliver judgement on Tuesday in relation to Giltrap’s appeal.

Caroline told the Sunday World that she was delighted she could now be named to publicly highlight how victims can get justice.

“It’s great that I can be named now. It was terrible not being able to be named before. I wanted to show that I stood up to him and show other victims of abuse that there is a way forward.

“They can be believed even if they didn’t report it at the time to anyone,” a relieved Caroline said.

At Giltrap’s appeal hearing on Friday, his barrister claimed it was unusual that Caroline hadn’t told anyone of the abuse when she was younger and that no one else had witnessed it.

However, Judge Patrick James McCarthy said he thought it was in fact quite usual in such cases.

Caroline said Giltrap never expressed any remorse over the horrific abuse.https://63aa69571b3cfc9fe5c320acce8070d6.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

While he was convicted on 20 counts of rape, Caroline said he subjected her to many more attacks over the period, saying it was sometimes daily.

Giltrap cried when he appeared in court on Friday.

“He has no remorse at all. He’s crying tears of self pity because he wants to go home,” Caroline said.

When Giltrap was convicted last year, it was the third time the case had been heard after one trial ended with a hung jury and another was declared a mistrial.

Caroline said that if Giltrap had admitted his crimes and said sorry before putting her through the ordeal of three trials, she would have asked the judge to be lenient on him.

“If he pleaded guilty at the start, I wouldn’t have pushed for any custodial sentence but he didn’t want to do that. He doesn’t care.”

John Giltrap was in a relationship with Caroline’s sister at the time of the abuse

John Giltrap was in a relationship with Caroline’s sister at the time of the abuse

She said the ordeal of going through three trials was arduous – but in the end it was worth it.

“It was very tough and there was time I was swaying and thinking maybe I should stop, but I told myself no I’m going to keep going.”

She said she hopes by going public that other victims of sexual predators would come forward.

Caroline posted about her abuse online earlier this year and said two men contacted her and said they had been abused and she had given them the courage to talk about it.

One of those has since made a statement to Gardaí about his abuser.

Caroline is now hoping other people who read her story will also find the courage to come forward.

She said when Giltrap was abusing her, he convinced her that all her friends were being abused by other men and no one was allowed talk about it.

Before he was sentenced last year, Caroline told Giltrap of the damage he had done.

“You took away my childhood and my young teenage life. You made me feel like this was a normal thing to happen to every little girl. You never expressed any remorse or guilt.

“I couldn’t even bond with my first daughter when she was born, because I thought I wouldn’t be able to protect her, as no one bothered to protect me. But I’m no longer that scared little girl and today I get the justice I deserve.”

After he was convicted, Caroline told the Sunday World that Giltrap had been in a relationship with her sister when the abuse began back in 1979.

“It was five years. It was almost every day. I’d be running home from school to watch Bosco and he’d grab me in the yard,” she said.

“It was absolutely horrendous. You couldn’t say anything in those days because no one would believe you. He’d convince you of that.

“He had me thinking all my friends and everyone was going through the same and nobody was allowed to talk about anything.

“He’d tie your hands behind your back and everything. He’d pin you down. There was no getting away from him.”

She said she believed Giltrap when he told her no one would have believed her if she came forward when the abuse was happening in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

“They wouldn’t have believed me. I even tell my mother to this day she wouldn’t have believed me at the time.”

Giltrap never showed any regret or remorse after the sickening attacks and told Caroline to keep quiet.

“Afterwards, he’d just get up and walk away and say ‘it’s our secret you can’t tell anyone’.

The abuse only stopped after five years when Caroline threatened to go the Gardaí to report Giltrap.

“It was only when I was 15 and my friends were getting boyfriends that I knew it wasn’t right. I told him to stop or I was going to the guards. It ended after that.”

Giltrap appealed the conviction this week with his barrister arguing that because the jury didn’t convict him on two of the 22 counts of rape at his trial there should be doubt about the other 20 charges they did convict him on.

The court will deliver its judgement on Tuesday.

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