My brother raped me, now he is trying to torment me, says survivor after court hell as sicko appeals conviction
- 8:00, 30 Oct 2022
A MAN who was raped by his older brother has hit out at his forthcoming appeal, saying: “He wants to keep tormenting me.”
Teacher Graham Daly, 37, of Clonree, Newport, Co Tipperary, was handed down an eight-and-a-half-year jail sentence in January after being found guilty of seven counts of rape and sexual assault on his younger brother.
Thomas Daly, from Raheen, Co Limerick, was four years younger than his brother when the sicko raped and sexually abused him from the age of ten at a number of locations, including the family home in Limerick.
Thomas, 33, told The Irish Sun earlier this year that he was left abandoned after his parents sided with his paedo brother saying, “that hurt more than the abuse”.
Now Graham, who is locked up in the Midlands Prison, is appealing his conviction and sentence. The case will be heard at the Central Criminal Court on Friday.
Last night, Thomas said: “It’s not easy to keep dealing with this.
“You think it’s over and you got justice, even though there are no winners, but you have to watch over your back for the next thing they will throw at you.
“I fought so long to get my case into court, there were so many delays. My case was heard during the pandemic. Now, I have to go back again.
“You want to move on, but you have to deal with this. But it shows you what kind of person he is — he wants to keep tormenting me. It is very hard, I have had a lot to deal with and, like I said in the trial, there is nothing in this for me, I’ve lost everything. My parents threw me out.
“There is nothing for me to gain with this, only my own justice and I’m doing this for the young child in me who was abused.”
During the three-week trial which ran from December to January this year, Thomas gave harrowing evidence over four days in Croke Park and the Central Criminal Court.
He waived his right to anonymity with The Irish Sun to highlight sibling abuse, and how his brother “stole” his innocence. He has suffered with depression, anxiety and nightmares for years over the abuse.
He told the court at his trial that Graham raped him and sexually abused him from the age of ten and that it began in January 1998 and ended in December 2002.
Speaking to us earlier this year, he said his parents had hurt him the most.
‘I WILL NEVER FORGIVE THEM’
Thomas said: “I will never forgive them. They stood with me at the start when I disclosed the abuse after holding it a secret in shame for 18 long years. I was so ashamed.
“I didn’t think anyone would believe me. I was alone for years. I have been heartbroken and isolated. I was diagnosed with depression, PTSD and insomnia.
“I seriously thought about killing myself and I still have suicidal thoughts. What they did to me caused me more upset and hurt than my own brother raping me.
“To be abandoned like that in your time of need, there is just no going back. It’s their loss now.”
Handing down the sentence, Judge Karen O’Connor said Graham was “a big brother who should have protected his younger brother”.
Thomas told the court in his victim impact statement how he was devastated by his parent’s behaviour, saying: “It’s easier for them to believe I was a liar than to believe their oldest son is a paedophile rapist.”