Retired company director fails to avoid €4.7m payout to women he raped as children
on 25/10/2013 13:23:46
72-year-old Joseph Carrick of Carysfort Woods, Blackrock claimed he did not have the mental capacity to defend the High Court actions last November.
Jacqueline O'Toole was awarded record damages of €4mi by a jury who heard she fell pregnant by Joseph Carrick - a businessman in her choir who repeatedly raped her as a girl aged 12 and 13 in the early 1970s.
Her cousin Geraldine Nolan was awarded €700,000 damages for the abuse she suffered at the hands of Carrick who was described in court as an evil paedophile.
The 72-year-old did not defend either case.
All this was almost a year ago and since then Joseph Carrick has tried to get out of paying the
two women damages claiming that he had been incapable of defending the case due to a mild cognitive impairment.
But Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne has found it was more a case of poor judgment than incapacity - she has upheld the juries findings - a ruling that was met by tears of relief from the two women.