Sunday 16 June 2019

Sports coach charged with 99 counts of indecent and sexual assault may ask for trial to be moved

Bill Kenneally
Bill Kenneally

Ralph Riegel

A FORMER Waterford sports coach charged with 99 counts of indecent and sexual assault against three boys may seek to have his trial transferred to Dublin.

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 and various dates more than 20 years ago.

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 in the Circuit Criminal Court.

Defence solicitor Matthew Byrne told Judge Eugene O'Kelly at Waterford Circuit Criminal Court he was applying for an adjournment to October 9 next.

"We should be able to progress it (then)," Mr Byrne said.

The solicitor indicated that there may also be a motion brought before the court.

Noel Whelan BL, for the State, pointed out to Judge O'Kelly that a transfer motion may be involved.

"A motion may be brought to transfer it out of Waterford," Mr Whelan said.

Judge O'Kelly stressed that if such a transfer motion was going to be brought, it needed to be submitted during the current Circuit Court sessions.

It remains unclear whether such a motion, if brought, would involve any trial being transferred to Dublin or Cork.

Kenneally appeared in court wearing a 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 October 9 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 also deeply involved in politics.

The sports coach was one of the country's best known tallymen, checking both local and general elections counts. 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.

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.

The incidents involved a variety of dates.

They also involved a variety of locations in the south east.

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