Wednesday 21 February 2018

Man faces over 200 charges of raping his daughters

Brian McDonald

A 50-year-old man went on trial yesterday on 271 charges of raping and assaulting or neglecting his four daughters.

The charges cover an 18-year period between 1991 and 2009. It took more than an hour-and-a-half for the court registrar to put each of the alleged offences to the accused man.

He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

The accused man was invited to sit after he had been standing for almost an hour to answer each of the charges.

None of the parties can be identified for legal reasons.

The man faces a total of 114 charges of rape in respect of one daughter, 47 charges of raping another daughter, 33 rape charges in respect of the third and 32 charges of raping the fourth daughter.

One of the charges alleges that, on a date unknown between September 2004 and September 2005, he raped one of his daughters on the bonnet of a car.

He has also denied a total of 45 charges of wilfully assaulting, neglecting or abandoning each of his four daughters in a manner likely to cause each of them unnecessary suffering.

The court was told that the offences are all alleged to have taken place at locations within the State.

The case is being heard before Mr Justice Paul Carney and a jury at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Castlebar and is expected to last two weeks.

Irish Independent

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