Monday 22 January 2018

Man convicted in his absence of assaulting his former partner in her Sligo home

A 53-YEAR-OLD man has been convicted in his absence of physically assaulting his former partner but the jury have failed to agree a verdict on a charge of rape with an implement.

The man had been accused of raping the woman with a carrot and beating her at her Sligo home. The court heard her jaw and nose were broken and she had to spend a week in hospital.

A bench warrant was issued for the accused after he failed to appear for day four of his trial on Monday morning. The trial continued to its closing stages in his absence.

The accused man had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the 45-year-old victim with an implement and assaulting her causing her harm between November 17 and 18, 2011.

The jury of eight women and four men reached their verdict of guilty on the assault causing harm charge following almost four and a half hours deliberation on day six of the trial. They indicated they were unable to reach a verdict on the rape charge.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy set a sentence date next month for the assault charge and listed the rape charge for mention on the next available date when a new trial date may be set.

Mr Justice McCarthy earlier told the jury they were not to draw any adverse inference from the absence of the accused in court and should put it out of their minds as a factor in deliberating the case.

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