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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Musician accused of sexual assault

A MUSICIAN has strenuously denied that he sexually assaulted a female fan after a gig to celebrate American Independence Day.

It is alleged the man (22) was assaulting the alleged victim when a female garda nearby heard her cries for help.

The accused has strongly denied the accusation, and is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after the DPP directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court on a guilty plea only.

A court heard the accused only told his parents about the allegation two weeks ago.

The young man appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with sexually assaulting the female at a public space on July 5, 2009.

Judge James McDonnell previously accepted jurisdiction after hearing a summary of the alleged facts.

The DPP had directed summary disposal only on a plea of guilty.

However, solicitor Padraig O'Donovan said his client was pleading not guilty to the charge.

The matter was adjourned for six weeks for the preparation of the book of evidence.



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The court previously heard there was a music festival with bands celebrating the fourth of July.

In relation to the allegation, the court heard it would be alleged the victim was attending the event and was a member of one of the bands.

At 3am, both parties left the venue and he started to kiss the female and assaulted her.

The female, who is still in her teens, shouted "help" and these cries were heard by a passing female garda.

It is alleged she saw the victim with her trousers around her knees while the accused was on top of her with his trousers around his ankles.

Mr O'Donovan said the man strongly denied the charge.

Judge McDonnell adjourned the matter for six weeks for the book of evidence.

hnews@herald.ie

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