Man jailed for abusing his daughter from the age of three

Sophia Murphy encouraged other abuse victims to come forward

Updated 15:15

A woman, whose father regularly sexually assaulted her, says speaking out is the best thing she’s ever done.

Sophia Murphy's 61-year-old father was jailed for 18 years today after admitting to abusing her since she was three.

The 61 year old - who has an  address in Arbour Hill Prison in Dublin, but formerly from Foxford in Co Mayo - pleaded guilty to the sexual assault and rape of his eldest daughter between 1988 and 2010.

The former member of the Defence Forces is already in jail serving an eight year sentence for sexual abuse involving Ms Murphy’s two younger sisters.

Ms Murphy is now 33 and has waived her right to anonymity.

She was described by the Judge as a very dignified person who had overcome a horrific experience.

Speaking outside court, she said she was satisfied with the 18 year sentence and hoped it sent out a message to people who abuse children.

Ms Murphy also said she hopes it sends out a message to other victims to find their voice and get their voice back.

She said coming forward and telling the truth was the best thing she has ever done.