A Donegal woman who was raped and sexually abused as a child has been awarded €2.8m in damages by the High Court.
Marcella Breslin from Killybegs took the civil action against her godfather and uncle-in-law Patrick Gillespie, from Carrickmagrath, Ballybofey. He was jailed for seven years in 2008 after being convicted of the rape and sexual assault of Ms. Breslin when she was aged between 12 and 16 years.
Her barrister told the court that her teenage years had been obliterated by the abuse.
In evidence she told the court that when she was 18 she was in New York when a retired Garda approached her and asked her to sign a piece of paper saying she was dropping all charges against Gillespie.
She said she was “absolutely frightened to death to be followed to America”.
The case came before a jury in the High Court for assessment of damages only.
The mother of three was awarded €2.8 million in aggravated, exemplary and general damages.