Thursday 26 April 2018

Retired primary school teacher charged with sexual assault of student

Leo Hickey at Cork Court. (Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision)
Leo Hickey at Cork Court. (Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision)

A retired primary school teacher has been charged with the sexual assault of a student.

Leo Hickey (76) of Realt na Mara, Skevanish, Innishannon, Co Cork appeared before the District Court on eight counts of sexual assault.

The charges involve one individual and all relate to various dates between November 1991 and June 1992.

The charges also all relate to Scoil Eoin Boys National School in Ballincollig, Co Cork.

Det Garda Donal O'Connell of Ballincollig Garda Station told Judge Olann Kelleher that Mr Hickey, after being arrested, cautioned and charged, replied "not guilty" to each of the eight charges.

Inspector Gary McPolin confirmed the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has ruled that the matter be dealt with on indictment.

He applied to the court for an adjournment to allow for the preparation of a book of evidence in the case.

Inspector McPolin told defence solicitor, Joe Cuddigan, that gardai have no objection to a remand on bail once specific conditions are met.

Mr Cuddigan confirmed that all bail conditions set by the court will be met.

These include that Mr Hickey continue to reside at his home address, sign on at Bandon Garda Station three times each week and that he have no contact whatsoever with any of the witnesses in the case or the complainant.

Judge Kelleher also granted Mr Hickey free legal aid after hearing that he was a retired teacher whose wife is not in receipt of any pension.

The court was also told that Mr Hickey has various financial commitments which must be met from his pension.

Mr Hickey was remanded on bail in his own bond of  €400 to appear again before Cork District Court on June 8 next.

It is hoped the book of evidence in the case will be ready by that date.

The defendant, who appeared in court wearing a brown suit, cream shirt and tie, did not speak during the brief hearing.

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