June 2022

Serial paedophile took his own life

A serial paedophile who took his own life earlier this month before he could be jailed for the horrific abuse of four girls molested more than TEN other victims.

Dairy farmer Michael Golden, 73, from Crosspatrick, Killala, Co Mayo, is suspected of targeting other children during a four-decade reign of terror that ran from the 1960s to the 1990s.

But it was the brave decision of four of his victims — who were aged between five and 14 when they were abused — to come forward that eventually led to the beast’s downfall.

And we can also reveal how the predator tried to have the charges against him dismissed with a series of fabricated claims — including that he had “dementia” — after he was charged.

His attempts to have his court case dismissed ended in failure when, on May 10, all ten jurors convicted him of seven counts of indecent assault, four counts of sexual assault and nine counts of oral rape on four children between 1980 and 1997.

But the coward — considered by some to be an “upstanding” member of the community and an award-winning farmer — took his own life in Portlaoise Prison on June 6 thereby avoiding a jail sentence of between 15 and 20 years.