Sunday 20 January 2019

In brief: Ex-priest guilty of sex assault

A FORMER priest is to be sentenced for indecently assaulting a female more than 30 years ago.

The 79-year-old man, who can't be named for legal reasons, has pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to eight counts of indecently assaulting the woman at two locations in the city on dates between 1980 and 1984.

Defence counsel said his client wished to convey apologies to the victim.

The man was remanded on continuing bail until his sentence hearing in July.

Robbery boy spared custody

A TEENAGER who took part in an attempted gang robbery and also caused €2,500 worth of damages has been spared a custodial sentence.

In October, the 15-year-old boy was described as having "tested the patience" of the Children's Court for his drink-fuelled crimes in central Dublin.

However, a positive probation report on the boy had been furnished and he was bound him to the peace for the attempted robbery for 12 months. The remaining charges were struck out with a warning he must not re-offend.

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