Friday 13 December 2019

Two teens accused of defilement of girl (15) plead not guilty

Hearing: Judge Bridget Reilly. Photo: Arthur Carron/Collins
Hearing: Judge Bridget Reilly. Photo: Arthur Carron/Collins
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

Two of five South Dublin teenagers accused of "lining up" to have sex with a 15-year-old girl at a house party have pleaded not guilty.

The two youths - aged 17 and 16 - are now facing separate trials on charges arising from the alleged incident.

Their three co-accused - two aged 16 and one aged 18 - have yet to decide on pleas and had their cases adjourned.

In one case, the disclosure of evidence relating to "an anonymous letter" to a school has been queried by the defence.

The five youths, who are all charged with defilement of a child, appeared in Tallaght District Court.

They are accused of having sex with the alleged victim individually at an impromptu party at her home in Rathfarnham, Co Dublin while she was drunk.

Judge Bridget Reilly adjourned the 17-year-old's case for the preparation of a book of evidence for his jury trial, which will be held at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The 16-year-old who is pleading not guilty had his case put back to a date for hearing in the non-jury Dublin District Court. The remaining co-accused also had their cases adjourned.

The accused teenagers, from Rathfarnham, were all juveniles at the time of the alleged offences on March 14, 2014.

A State solicitor told Judge Reilly the 17-year-old's case was before the court for a decision on whether to elect for trial by jury.

"He wants to go to the circuit court, judge," his solicitor said.

A barrister for one of the 16-year-olds said the youth had elected for the district court.

"The plea is not guilty," he said.

The fourth accused's solicitor said disclosure of prosecution documents had only been received and he needed "time to go through it".

The final teenager's lawyer said: "A decision hasn't been made."

Previously, the court heard that it will be alleged that before the girl had sex with the fourth man she heard a voice outside her bedroom say: "Line up, guys."

A garda said that the girl alleges each of the males pulled down her leggings and underwear.

It is alleged each had sex with her individually, she could not "physically say no" and that she was scared.

The case was adjourned.

Irish Independent

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