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Monday 19 February 2018

Jury in trial of Carlow man accused of raping three girls retires for third night

Sonya McLean

The jury in the trial of Carlow man accused of raping and sexual abusing three young girls over 30 years ago has retired for a third night having failed to reach a verdict.

The 51-year-old accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 91 charges of rape, attempted rape and indecent assault of three girls in a Carlow town between February 1978 and December 1986.

The man has been charged with 28 counts of indecently assaulting and 26 charges of raping a first complainant, his niece, from the time she was almost seven until she was 13 years old.

He has been charged with 25 counts of indecently assaulting and one count of raping a second complainant, her old sister, from when she was seven to 12 years old.

The man is also charged with 10 counts of indecently assaulting the girls’ next door neighbour and attempting to rape her on one occasion when she was between eight and 13 years old.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy directed the jury to acquit the man on one count of indecently assaulting the younger niece on dates between May and August, 1986.

Mr Justice McCarthy will direct the three women and nine men of the jury to resume deliberations tomorrow. The jury has already spent almost nine hours considering its verdicts.

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