Wednesday 16 January 2019

Ex-basketball coach is sent for trial on 99 allegations of sex assault

Bill Kenneally
Bill Kenneally

Conor Kane

A former sports coach has been sent to the Circuit Court for trial on 99 charges relating to the alleged sexual and indecent assault of three boys.

Bill Kenneally (67), formerly of Summerville Avenue, Waterford city, is charged with committing the offences in Waterford more than 20 years ago. The three complainants are now aged in their 40s.

A book of evidence was served on Mr Kenneally, a former basketball coach, last month and he appeared in Waterford district court yesterday in relation to the charges.

Solicitor Matthew Byrne said he had been instructed to take on the case from Patrick Newell, who had been representing the accused.

Mr Byrne asked Judge David Staunton if the legal aid originally granted to Mr Kenneally could be transferred to him as agreed with Mr Newell. Judge Staunton consented, and also allowed for a senior and junior counsel to be appointed after Mr Byrne said the charges were "serious matters".

Mr Kenneally was sent forward for trial on 99 charges to the current sittings of Waterford Circuit Criminal Court. He advised the accused that if he intended to rely on alibi evidence in his trial, he had 14 days to inform the prosecution.

The defendant was remanded on continuing bail in relation to the charges, on his own bond of €500, and signed the bail bond before leaving the court.

Irish Independent

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