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State drops case against rapist

The State has dropped its case against an Offaly man who was accused of sexually abusing his daughter on the day her mother died.

The 66-year-old is currently serving a 14-year sentence, imposed in 2013, for raping and sexually abusing four of his children. Last week he faced 21 additional counts of indecent assault against one of his daughters at three locations between 1979 and 1987. He denied all charges.

A letter was handed into court from a prison doctor stating the accused was too ill to attend.