Thursday 17 October 2019

New charges in 'defilement' case against teacher

Nicola Donnelly

A female teacher accused defiling a teenage boy on a beach and in a hotel told a detective 'I met him in an over 18s nightclub when she was charged with four new offences, last Wednesday.

The 24-year-old teacher, who cannot be identified as reporting restrictions are in place, was charged with the new offences before Swords District Court yesterday.

She has already been charged with two counts of defilement of the teenage boy under Section 3 (1) of the Criminal Sexual Offences Act 2006 on February 1 and February 13 last year.

At last week's court sitting in Swords District Court, she was further charged with engaging in sexual intercourse with the teenager on a beach on February 1 and in a hotel on February 13 last year.

She has also been charged with sexually exploiting the teen on February 1 and February 13 under Section 3 of the Child Trafficking & Pornography Act.

The teacher is facing trial by judge and jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on the charges.

Detective Garda Stephen Hughes told the court he charged the accused with the four new charges and in reply to three of the charges after caution she made 'no reply.'

In relation to the fourth charge, Det Gda Hughes said she replied after caution: 'I met him in an over 18's nightclub.'

He said he gave the accused true copies of the charge sheets.

He told the court the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment and requested eight weeks for the Book of Evidence to be prepared.

Defence solicitor Emer O'Sullivan said the accused is consenting to the eight week remand.

The young teacher made her third court appearance since she was arrested by gardai at Dublin Airport at the end of October last year after returning to Ireland on a flight.

Dressed in a black jacket and black jeans, she did not address the court during the short hearing.

Judge Miriam Walsh, presiding at Swords District Court, reiterated the court warning that no details are to be published which identifies the woman and 'sure as hell no pictures were to be taken'.

'The media will incur a wrath of yours truly if any identification - name, photo or any indication of who she is, is published,' warned Judge Walsh.

Det Hughes said the existing bail conditions, which were granted last October, are to be extended to the new sheets.

Those bail conditions included a cash lodgement of €2,000.

The teacher, who was granted legal aid as Ms O'Sullivan said her client 'had lost her job as a result' of the charges, was also ordered to surrender her passport and not to apply for any new travel documents as part of her bail conditions.

She has also been ordered not to have any contact, either directly or indirectly with the alleged victim or any witnesses for the duration of the case.

The accused woman will make her next court appearance on a date in April when the book of evidence is expected to be served upon her before she is then sent forward for trial at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on all the charges.

Fingal Independent