MAN FAC­ING 149 CHARGES OF SEX­UAL AS­SAULT

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

A MAN in his 50s sat im­pas­sively as 149 charges al­leg­ing sex­ual as­sault of­fences against fe­males were read into the record at Gorey Dis­trict Court.

Judge Ger­ard Haughton heard for­mal ev­i­dence from pros­e­cut­ing Garda Sea­mus Kileen of charg­ing the ac­cused in En­nis­cor­thy on Oc­to­ber 13.

It took more than 20 min­utes to go through the full se­quence, which took nine of the 20 pages of the court list.

In each in­stance, the garda gave the ref­er­ence number on the charge sheet and then re­ported the re­sponse of the ac­cused which was al­ways the same: ‘The de­fen­dant replied “guilty.”’

The first of the charges taken un­der the Sex Of­fend­ers Act dated back to the year 2000 and the most recent to 2017.

Five dif­fer­ent fe­males were in­volved and one of the five was al­legedly as­saulted on 49 oc­ca­sions.

The de­fen­dant was or­dered to hand over his pass­port to gar­daí within 48 hours as a con­di­tion of bail.

All charges were ad­journed to Jan­uary 13, al­low­ing time for prepa­ra­tion of a book of ev­i­dence.

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