Jurors sent home in dentist sex assault trial
A JURY was sent home last night after failing to reach a verdict in the case of a dentist accused of sexually assaulting a young woman.
Deliberations will resume this morning at Cork Circuit Criminal Court after the jury of eight men and four women said it had not reached a unanimous decision over the charge against Dr John Tait (60) after two and a half hours of consideration last night.
Dr Tait, of Glen House, Upper Rochestown, Cork, has denied the sexual assault of a young woman who claimed he asked her to remove her bra, unzipped her tunic and then lifted her vest to expose her breasts during an examination.
The young woman -- who cannot be named for legal reasons -- claimed the incident occurred at Dr Tait's practice at St Patrick's Terrace, Douglas, Cork, on December 20, 2006.
Dr Tait -- who has been in practice for 35 years -- admitted it was unethical for him to have conducted an examination on the young woman while alone with her in the surgery.
He said that, in hindsight, he should have had a dental nurse or some other chaperone present.
The father of three insisted that the sexual assault accusation was untrue and had been traumatic for him and his family.