Thursday 14 December 2017

Gangland thug guilty of sexual assault on child

THE convicted child rapist and gangland criminal Stephen 'Rossi' Walsh has been found guilty of the sexual assault and defilement of a child.

Walsh (64) is already serving 10 years for the rape and indecent assault of two girls aged nine and seven.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court had entered pleas of not guilty on behalf of Walsh to 14 counts of sexual assault and defilement of a child on dates between August 1, 2008 and January 6, 2009.

The now 17-year-old victim broke down and was embraced by her parents as the verdict was read out.

The jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict on 11 counts, two of sexual assault and nine of defilement. Judge Desmond Hogan had previously withdrawn three counts of defilement as no evidence was heard in relation to them.

Walsh, who represented himself after sacking his legal team, indicated that he intends to appeal.

During the trial the victim broke down as she told the jury that Walsh brought her to a house in Glasthule, Dublin, where he had full sexual intercourse with her, which caused her to bleed.

He will be sentenced on December 20.

Irish Independent

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