Friday 18 October 2019

Jury discharged in sexual assault trial

Judge's gavel
Judge's gavel

THE JURY was discharged in the trial of a man who was accused of committing one act of sexual assault.

The charge against the County Wexford man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was that of sexual assault on December 1, 2013. He pleaded not guilty to the single charge when he came before Wexford Circuit Criminal Court.

Prosecuting Counsel, Ms Sinead Gleeson, B.L., told the jury that the victim was a relative of the accused man and they had attended a birthday party. She said that during the course of the trial they would hear evidence outlining details of the alleged sexual assault.

Evidence was given during the course of the trial of the victim having attended a birthday party at which the accused man also attended.

Following the party in a local pub those attending adjourned back to a house where the assault is alleged to have taken place.

The jury of 11 men and one woman had heard that the victim, who had felt tired, went to bed in the house. It was following this that the defendant is alleged to have entered the room allegedly committing the assault at that particular time.

At the end of the prosecution case, Defence Counsel, Colman Cody, S.C., made legal submissions to have the jury discharged.

Following deliberations on the legal submissions of both Mr. Cody and Ms Gleeson, Judge Barry Hickson granted Mr. Cody a direction and discharged the jury.

Wexford People