May 2023

‘I was an innocent child’ — Man jailed for sexually assaulting wife’s goddaughter, 16

A former second-hand car salesman and father-of-six has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for the grooming and sexual assault of his wife’s teenage goddaughter.

Michael King, 52, of Boyle, Co. Roscommon, was found guilty at Roscommon Circuit Criminal Court in March by a unanimous verdict of 12 sexual assault charges against Tara Kelly, who has waived her right to anonymity.

The assaults took place at Warren View, Boyle, on dates unknown between December 2004 and May 2005, when Ms Kelly was 16 years old.

At Longford Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday, Judge Kenneth Connolly sentenced King to six-and-a-half years in total with the final year suspended, backdated to March 28, 2023 when he first went into custody. 

His employer was Martin Reilly Motors, a car dealership in Sligo where King worked as a salesman up until his trial.