Accused admits to sex assaults
A WEXFORD man who had pleaded guilty to four charges of indecently assaulting a child when he was a teenager had his case adjourned for sentencing when he came before Judge Gerard Haughton at Wexford District Court.
The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to the offences which occurred on four separate dates between May 1, 1982, and August 28, 1982.
The court was told that the man reported voluntarily to the local garda station where he made a voluntary statement.
The prosecuting gardai said the man had lived with a family during the early 1980s and used to babysit the victim of the assaults when her parents were away working.
The victim told the court of the effect the incidents had on her through the years: the trauma and constant nightmares which will be with her all her life. She also said that in trying to cope she had run away from home.
The court was told the man co-operated fully with the gardai. At the time of the incidents he was 16 years of age. The defendant when confronted by the victim's father did not deny the allegations and apologised to the victim and her family for what had occurred.
Judge Haughton said that he was faced with some difficulties in terms of sentencing because the man was as a juvenile when the incidents took place a long time ago.
He would have to consider case law in sentencing. Judge Haughton remanded the defendant on continuing bail to July 28 next.