Saturday 17 August 2019

Eleven charged with 212 counts relating to alleged rape, exploitation and neglect of children

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Eleven people have appeared in court charged with over 200 counts relating to the alleged rape, sexual exploitation, and neglect of children.

The six women and five men were arrested on Saturday morning and brought before a court charged with a total of 212 counts.

These include, rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, child neglect, and cruelty to a child.

The court, which cannot be identified for legal reasons, was told the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed that all 11 accused persons will face trial on indictment at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.

The court heard evidence relating to four alleged victims, including two boys and two girls.

The 11 defendants were remanded on strict bail conditions, including that they do not have any contact with the alleged victims.

The defendants were also ordered to surrender their passports, and sign on weekly at different garda stations.

Each accused must reside at their home address, and notify gardai of any change of their locations.

The defendants must also notify gardai of their contact mobile telephone number, and be available to investigating gardai on this number at all times.

The defendants range in ages, from their 20s to their 70s.

Eleven garda witnesses gave evidence of arresting and charging each accused person.

Specific evidence relating to the alleged offences was not disclosed in court.

The presiding judge ordered reporting restrictions, including that the defendants cannot be named, in order to protect the identities of the alleged victims.

The court also ordered reporting restrictions on identifying any locations linked to the alleged offences.

Each of the eleven accused were remanded on bail to appear before the same court again, on November 21th, for mention of when the State’s book of evidence in the case would be finalised.

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