Thursday 22 February 2018

Dentist faces retrial in alleged sexual assault

Georgina O'Halloran and Ralph Riegel

A dentist charged with the sexual assault of a woman at his dental practice faces the possibility of a retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

Dr John Tait (60) of Glen House, Upper Rochestown, Cork, was accused of asking a woman to remove her bra, and of unzipping her tunic and lifting her vest so that her breasts were exposed.

Dr Tait (right) pleaded not guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Rory McCabe discharged the jury of eight men and four women yesterday after they failed to reach a verdict following almost seven hours of deliberations.

The judge had told them yesterday morning that he would accept a majority verdict rather than a unanimous verdict.

After a brief discussion with counsel, Judge McCabe relisted the case for a date in April next year.

Dr Tait remains on bail under his existing terms.

The alleged offence occurred at his dental practice at 6 St Patrick's Terrace, Douglas, Co Cork.

Dr Tait has maintained the sexual assault accusation was untrue and that the incident complained of never happened.

Irish Independent

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