Friday 20 October 2017

'I was scared to death' - Boy tells court he was gagged, raped and burned by teacher

The alleged victim told a jury, sworn in to hear the case at Limerick Circuit Court, that he was “frozen with fear” during the alleged sexual attack. (Stock photo)
The alleged victim told a jury, sworn in to hear the case at Limerick Circuit Court, that he was “frozen with fear” during the alleged sexual attack. (Stock photo)

David Raleigh

A former primary school teacher gagged a pupil with a bar of soap before burning the boy's genitals with a cigarette while raping him in the school toilets, a court heard.

Following the horrific alleged rape, the man took the boy to meet an international sports star as a treat, the court was told.

The alleged victim told a jury, sworn in to hear the case at Limerick Circuit Court, that he was "frozen with fear" during the alleged sexual attack.

The witness, who was in fifth class at the time of the alleged attack, gave evidence that the teacher told him if he told anyone about the incident "God would take" his ill mother and "she would die".

Giving direct evidence, the alleged victim said: "I was scared to death and frightened out of my wits."

He claimed that the teacher raped him at a urinal after finding him smoking in the school toilets.

"He told me it was my fault; that I was sinning."

The witness said that the man beat him across the head, legs and backside.

"He turned me around...It felt like he had fifteen hands...He was hitting me and opening my trousers."

According to the witness the man then "shoved a bar of soap into my mouth".

The witness also told the court that the man burnt him with a cigarette in the genital area.

He further claimed that the accused threw a shoe at him afterwards.

"He threw (my) shoe at me and told me to get back to class," he told the court.

"He threw it at me like I was an animal, like I was a dog."

The witness also alleged that when the accused tried to abuse him again, "I bit him on the arm and he went absolutely ballistic".

"He dragged me up to the top of the class and beat me in front of the whole class.

"I was crying, I was trying to get away from his blows," he added.

The 75-year-old accused, who is charged with two counts of indecent assault on a minor, on dates in 1978 and 1979, denies all of the allegations.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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