Wednesday 7 December 2016

Retired teacher to be tried on sex assault charges

Published 17/11/2016 | 02:30

Leo Hickey at Cork Court. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Leo Hickey at Cork Court. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A retired primary school teacher will go on trial next year over the alleged sexual assault of a student.

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Leo Hickey (76) of Réalt na Mara, Skevanish, Innishannon, Co Cork, appeared before Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

He faces a total of eight sexual assault charges, all involving one individual.

All relate to various dates between November 1991 and June 1992 and all involve a Cork location.

The charges also all relate to Scoil Eoin Boys National School in Ballincollig, Co Cork.

Mr Hickey was first charged before Cork District Court last May. Judge Sean O'Donnabhain yesterday adjourned the planned trial until the February 7 sitting of Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Det Garda Donal O'Connell of Ballincollig garda station previously said that Mr Hickey, after being arrested, cautioned and charged, replied "not guilty" to each of the eight separate charges.

Inspector Gary McPolin confirmed that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had ruled that the matter be dealt with on indictment before a judge and jury in the Circuit Criminal Court.

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Mr Hickey has been remanded on continuing bail until the February court sessions. The bail conditions include that he continues to reside at his home address.

He must also sign on at Bandon garda station three times each week.

He has also been told that he can have no contact whatsoever with any of the witnesses in the case or the complainant.

Mr Hickey was previously granted free legal aid before Cork District Court.

He is a retired teacher whose wife is not in receipt of any pension.

The court was also told that Mr Hickey had various financial commitments which must be met from his pension which was his only source of income.

Mr Hickey was remanded on bail in his own bond of €400 to appear again next February.

Irish Independent

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