Wexford man on 40 charges of rape and sexual assault

Published 23/01/2016 | 00:00

Gorey Courthouse
Gorey Courthouse

A Wexford man in his 70s was brought before the District Court in Gorey to meet serious allegations of sex crime.

The judge heard that a total of 40 charges had been put to the defendant who entered the courtroom in Gorey with the aid of a walking stick.

Garda Alan Byrne gave evidence that the accused man replied 'guilty' in each case as 28 charges of sexual assault on a male were put to him, all dating back to the late 1970s or early 1980s. Also in court was Garda Madeleine Holmes who gave evidence of formally charging the same individual with 12 counts of rape or sexual assault dating from 2005 to 2008. Again, he responded 'guilty'.

Garda Inspector Seán Clince offered no objection to the granting of bail to the defendant pending production of a book of evidence.

The inspector confirmed that it was intended to deal with the matter before the Central Criminal Court and he was allowed an adjournment until the District Court sitting in Wexford on April 4.

Judge Gerard Haughton confirmed that reporting restrictions applied and the accused left court after signing his bail bond.

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