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Sunday 20 January 2019

Senior legal expert faces trial over sex abuse of four boys

A RENOWNED legal expert has been sent for trial to the Central Criminal Court charged with multiple counts of sexually abusing children over two decades.

The man is accused of 77 counts of sexually assaulting four young boys between the 1970s and 1990s. The incidents are alleged to have happened in Dublin and at various locations around the State.

The accused, who is in his 60s, had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared in Dublin District Court yesterday. Judge Hugh O'Donnell sent him forward for trial. The defendant, with an address in the south of the city, is a senior figure in the legal field.

The court heard previously he made no reply to any of the charges when they were put to him following a two-year investigation.

He is charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, including several under Section 4 of the Criminal Law (Rape) Amendment Act. He cannot be named for legal reasons.

All the alleged victims who have brought complaints against the man are now adults. At a previous hearing, the court was told the accused made no reply to any of the charges when they were put to him.

He had met gardai by arrangement following an investigation that had begun "almost exactly two years ago".





Evidence

The 77 counts took more than half-an-hour to be read out by the prosecuting gardai.

Detective Garda Thomas Stack gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution in relation to the first 56 charges at Terenure Garda Station on the first court date. Detective Garda Brian Grealy detailed the following 20 charges and Detective Sergeant Joseph Molly gave evidence of the single final count.

The DPP directed trial on indictment on all charges and defence solicitor Peter Mullan had consented to a two-month remand for preparation and service of the book of evidence.

Bail had been granted the in accused's own nominal bond of €1,000, with no cash lodgement required.

He was also to surrender his passport.

aphelan@herald.ie

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