Limerick pensioner charged with rape and sex assaults of daughters

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

Limerick District Court
A 75 year-old father from Limerick has been sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court after he was charged with more than 70 counts rape and indecently assaulting his two teenage daughters three decades ago.

A 75 year-old father from Limerick has been sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court after he was charged with more than 70 counts rape and indecently assaulting his two teenage daughters three decades ago.

The defendant, who cannot be named to protect the victims of his alleged crimes, faces a total of 76 charges relating to offences, which are alleged to have happened at locations in Limerick, Clare and Kerry on dates from 1975 to 1985.

The man, who most recently resided in Castletroy, is alleged to have committed these offences against the two young girls at locations in the city, Broadford, Clonlara, Ballybunion and in Castleconnell.

He is facing two rape charges, 32 charges of indecent assault, and 42 charges of indecent assault against the second victim. The sisters, who are a year apart in age, were aged six and seven when these alleged offences began.

A book of evidence in the case has been presented to the accused, and the court heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions was consenting to the accused being sent forward to trial on indictment.

Judge Marian O’Leary outlined the alibi warning to the accused, whereby if he wishes to present any witnesses in the case in his defence their names and addresses must be furnished to gardai within 14 days. Solicitor Julieanne Kiely applied to have a change made to one of her client’s bail conditions - a reduction in the number of sign-on days from two to one.

This was denied by Judge O’Leary she remanded the accused on bail with the existing terms until the case is heard in Dublin.