A man has been jailed for eight years for abusing his younger brother in Cork over a ten-year period.
The judge said the man, who can’t be named to protect his brother’s identity, violated his trust in the cruellest of ways.
The abuse began in January 1988, when the now 45-year-old man was 14. His brother was ten, and the court heard it happened regularly over a ten-year period.
Through a Victim Impact Statement, the man’s brother described his abuser as a hero who had now become a villain.
Mr Justice Michael White said the younger sibling had been used by his older brother for his own sexual gratification, and he noted the devastating impact it has had on him.
He accepted the man's acknowledgment of hurt caused to his brother, and gave him credit for not putting him through the ordeal of having to give evidence.
The judge then handed down a ten year sentence, with the final two years suspended.