Sunday 17 December 2017

Woman denies 87 charges of indecent assault on girls

Claire O'Brien

A WOMAN facing 87 charges of indecently assaulting schoolgirls may face further charges, a court was told yesterday.

Judge Anthony Kennedy heard that the 61-year-old defendant is denying the offences, which are alleged to have taken place at an Offaly school between 1973 and 1977.

A number of the alleged victims were present at yesterday's sitting of Tullamore Circuit Court in Co Offaly to see the defendant appear in court.

The Book of Evidence before the court refers to seven named female victims with 20 offences alleged to have been committed against each of three of them; 10 against each of two other victims; six offences against one; and a single offence against the final victim.

Applying for an adjournment of the case, barrister Geraldine Biggs said a jury would be required but because of the "large amount of disclosure" needed a date in July was being sought for the trial.

She added that there was a possibility of further charges and that time was needed to consult with senior counsel in the case.

Barrister Dara Foynes said the State did not object to the adjournment of the case.

She said there are "many, many charges" and "multiple complainants" in the case.

Judge Anthony Kennedy adjourned the case until July.

Irish Independent

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