Friday 23 August 2019

Lotto winner charged with 44 further offences including rape

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Tom Tuite

A UK lotto millionaire accused of defilement of an under-age Irish teenage girl has been charged with 44 additional offences including rape, sexual assault and possession of child pornography.

The British man, who is in his late 20s, was arrested in Dublin in July after he travelled to Ireland to speak to the teenager's mother about his relationship with her daughter, whom he allegedly met through an internet chat-room.

The wealthy businessman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was originally charged with four counts of defilement by engaging in a sexual act with a child under the age of 17 years on dates in 2016 and this year. He had been remanded in custody in July and remained there because he had been unable to take up bail set in his own bond of €100,000.

Two independent sureties, each in the sums of €50,000, needed to be approved by the courts and he had to agree to live in Ireland and remain in contact with gardaí.

However, yesterday he appeared before Judge Bernadette Owens at Cloverhill District Court to face 44 additional charges in connection with the investigation and bail was refused.

She was told that 35 of the new charges are for defilement of the girl, there were four counts of rape, three counts of sexual assault, one allegation of assault causing harm to the girl and one charge of possessing child pornography.

Garda Stephen Faulkner said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed that he was to face trial in the Central Criminal Court. He objected to bail on the grounds the accused was a man of "considerable wealth", a flight risk and some of the new charges carried life sentences.

He said a complaint was made by the teenager's mother in January that her daughter and the man were in a sexual relationship. Judge Owens remanded him in custody to appear again next week.

Irish Independent

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