Thursday 22 March 2018

Teen in underage sex case to watch DVD of gardaí quizzing 'victim'

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Eimear Cotter

A solicitor for a teenager accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl has given an undertaking that only he and his client will watch a DVD of the alleged victim's interview with gardaí.

The 18-year-old, who cannot be named, is one of five youths accused of having sex with a then 15-year-old girl at an impromptu party.

The other defendants are aged 16 and 17 and all are charged with the defilement of a female under 17. All five live in south Dublin and were juveniles at the time of the alleged offences on March 14, 2014.

Judge Patricia McNamara adjourned the 18-year-old's case for three weeks, when his co-accused are expected to appear.

Defence lawyer Gabby Deane told Tallaght District Court that disclosure was still outstanding.

A state solicitor said the State had sought, and had received, an undertaking from the accused's solicitor prior to him receiving a DVD of the alleged victim's statement to gardaí.

This undertaking was "needed for the protection" of the girl, the court heard.

Judge McNamara previously heard that the girl alleges each of the boys had pulled down her leggings and underwear and had sex with her at her home.

Irish Independent

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