Elaine Byrne on Humphries

Because he was not his young victim’s coach, Tom Humphries was not prosecuted on the basis of his authority over her. But authority comes from more than carrying out a narrowly defined role

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Elaine Byrne

29th October, 2017
Former sports journalist Tom Humphries pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to six counts of abuse of a girl under the age of 17 Picture: Collins Courts

Do not dehumanise Tom Humphries

He is not an animal, a monster or some kind of subhuman savage. He is one of us. He is your neighbour who does everyday things like volunteer at a camogie club. He is a parent, a husband, and an award-winning writer.

Do not mistake this for some kind of excuse, rationalisation or creation of ambiguity for the deep, incontrovertible wrong he has committed. There was a child, who is...

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