Friday 19 January 2018

Former teacher accused of sexually abusing two students launches appeal to halt trial

A 15-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a school principal
A 15-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a school principal

A FORMER teacher and member of a religious order accused of sexually abusing two young male students in separate incidents during the 1970's and 1980s has launched legal action aimed at stopping his trial from going ahead.

In High Court proceedings against the DPP, the man, who cannot be identified, is seeking the permanent prohibition of his prosecution because he claims that he cannot get a fair trial.

The accused, now aged in his late sixties, denies all the charges against him and says that the he has been prejudiced by the long passage of time since the alleged incidents.

The man, who no longer resides in Ireland, is due to be tried before a judge a jury the Circuit Criminal Court in the Spring of 2015.

He is accused of sexually abusing a former student he gave grinds to, on dates between 1972 and 1973. The alleged abuse took place in various locations  in a provincial town in the East of the country.

The second set of charges relate to the alleged sexually abuse of a male at a secondary school in the West of Ireland where the accused man taught. The alleged incidents are said to have occurred in 1987.

Mr Justice Michael Peart gave leave to the man's lawyers to bring judicial review proceedings.   A stay was also place on his prosecution until the High Court action has been dealt with.

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