Man sex­u­ally as­saulted woman while in work


Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

A POL­ISH na­tional has been found guilty of 13 charges of sex­ual as­sault on a County Wex­ford woman, fol­low­ing a three-day trial be­fore Judge Cormac Quinn at Wex­ford Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court.

The de­fen­dant, who can­not be named to pro­tect the iden­tity of the vic­tim, had a charge of ha­rass­ment with­drawn from the jury of ten men and two women by the di­rec­tion of the trial judge.

The trial was told the of­fences oc­curred be­tween Au­gust 1, 2010, and June 12, 2014 at the vic­tim’s fam­ily busi­ness where she worked along with the de­fen­dant.

The vic­tim told the court that the de­fen­dant would reg­u­larly touch her breasts and but­tocks while at work, which she found em­bar­rass­ing and un­com­fort­able. The vic­tim, who worked in the re­cep­tion area of the fam­ily busi­ness, would of­ten be on the phone when the de­fen­dant groped her.

She also de­scribed be­ing at a 21st birth­day party at a lo­cal pub when the de­fen­dant un­zipped her dress. She de­scribed how the de­fen­dant just laughed at the in­ci­dent.

A num­ber of wit­nesses told the court that they wit­nessed the de­fen­dant’s in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour at the work­place. One wit­ness told the de­fen­dant ‘ that is not the right thing to do’. A sec­ond wit­ness told the de­fen­dant ‘ he can­not do that’ while a third wit­ness told the court ‘I found it cu­ri­ous what was hap­pen­ing. It was not right’.

An­other wit­ness told the trial that the de­fen­dant was sub­se­quently dis­missed from his em­ploy­ment. The de­fen­dant has since claimed that he was un­fairly dis­missed.

De­fence Coun­sel Philip Shea­han told the court that the vic­tim con­cocted her ev­i­dence to co­in­cide with an ap­peal which the de­fen­dant is mak­ing for un­fair dis­missal. He said part of the un­fair dis­missal case has been heard be­fore the Work­place Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion and there have been find­ings in the de­fen­dant’s favour, but other mat­ters are still in the process.

Prose­cut­ing Coun­sel Ms Sinead Glee­son, told the jury the vic­tim was reg­u­larly sex­u­ally as­saulted by the de­fen­dant. She said the case was some­what unique in that there had been in­de­pen­dent wit­nesses, all of whom saw what was hap­pen­ing where she worked.

Fol­low­ing de­lib­er­a­tions of three hours, the jury re­turned a guilty ver­dict on all charges.

Judge Quinn ad­journed sen­tenc­ing to this Thurs­day, fol­low­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion from Mr Shea­han.

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