Friday 20 September 2019

Sports coach charged with 99 counts of indecent and sexual assault has case adjourned

Bill Kenneally
Bill Kenneally

Ralph Riegel

A FORMER Waterford sports coach charged with 99 counts of indecent and sexual assault against three boys has had his case adjourned for a month.

Bill Kenneally (67), a former sports coach and general election tallyman, was first charged in relation to the 99 counts before Waterford District Court last February.

The charges are all brought contrary to Common Law and Section 2 of the Criminal Law (Rape) Amendment Act, 1990.

The 99 charges involve three boys on various dates and at various locations in Waterford more than 20 years ago.

Kenneally appeared for the first time before Waterford Circuit Court having been remanded for trial by Judge Kevin Staunton last month.

When the charges were formally put to the defendant he made no reply to gardaí.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had indicated that the matters were to be dealt with on indictment before a judge and jury.

Defence solicitor Matthew Byrne told Judge Eugene O'Kelly he was applying for an adjournment to the next sessions of Waterford Circuit Criminal Court.

Kenneally appeared in court wearing a grey-green jumper, cream shirt and grey slacks.

He did not speak during the hearing.

Mr Byrne said the application for an adjournment was not opposed by the State as the case was a new return.

Judge O'Kelly was informed that Kenneally was currently on bail in relation to the charges before the court.

He remanded Kenneally to appear again before Waterford Circuit Court on May 30 next.

Kenneally, formerly of Laragh, Summerville Avenue, Waterford is an accountant by profession.

For many years was a coach involved in various juvenile sports groups in the south east including basketball.

He was deeply involved in politics and was one of the country's best known tallymen, checking both local and general elections.

Free legal aid was previously granted in the case.

Legal aid was extended to cover both a junior and a senior counsel for the defendant.

Waterford District Court was told there was a chance a trial could take place in Dublin.

The 99 charges were levelled after a lengthy investigation by Waterford Gardai.

That investigation was launched followed the receipt of complaints from three individuals, all now middle aged men, about alleged incidents of abuse dating back more than 20 years ago.

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