A former basketball coach who groomed and abused young boys in Waterford has lost an appeal against his jail sentence.
Bill Kenneally, formerly of Summerville Avenue in Waterford, was jailed for 14 years in 2016 after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting 10 boys in the 1980s.
The 67 year old had argued that the sentence was ‘grossly excessive’ but the Court of Appeal didn’t agree with him.
Speaking outside court, one of his victims Colin Power said justice had been served.
He told reporters that he was “relieved, ecstatic”. Colin Power also praised the initial judge, he said the Court of Appeal said “his sentencing was a model of sentencing. So I think this sends out a fairly strong point to paedophiles and people who sexually abuse – they can be sent to jail for 14 years. They can stay there, and that can only be positive for victims.”
Abuse survivor, Jason Clancy, says he’s delighted Bill Kenneally has lost his appeal against his 14 year jail sentence. He says children in Waterford are now safe and will never have to worry about him. pic.twitter.com/7Mbp1O0Rvz
— Stephanie Grogan (@StephGrogan3) February 22, 2018
The Court of Appeal has upheld the 14-year prison sentence imposed on former sports coach Bill Kenneally for abusing 10 teenage boys in the 1980s.
— Courts News Ireland (@courtsnewsIRL) February 22, 2018