A YOUNG man has admitted sexually assaulting two young women on the campus of the University of Limerick.
Daniel Casey, aged 21, of Brittas Campsite, Boher has also admitted sexually assaulting two other young women - one of whom was aged just 15 - at locations in the city. He will be sentenced in December.
When he was arraigned at Limerick Circuit Court, the defendant pleaded guilty to each of the four charges as they were put to him by the court registrar.
Judge Carroll Moran was told the offences at the UL campus happened on September 21, 2012 while the other offences happened at William Street and Norwood Park on dates during July and August of the same year.
The incident at Norwood Park involved a girl who was aged 15 at the time.
After Casey entered his guilty pleas, Anthony Sammon SC, defending, said there were “unusual difficulties” relating to his client and, in particular, his intellectual functionality.
Mr Sammon requested a lengthy adjournment of the sentencing hearing to facilitate the completion of what he described as “detailed and comprehensive studies” of the defendant.
Mr Sammon informed Judge Moran that his client’s parents’ are “paying close attention” to the situation and are being “very vigilant” with their son.
While the full details surrounding the offences will be outlined to the court during the sentencing hearing, it has been indicated that none of the victims had any connection to the defendant at the time of the offence.
Because one of Casey’s victims was underage when she was assaulted, Judge Moran ordered that Casey’s name be placed on the register of sexual offenders with immediate effect.
The judge will decide on December 17, next how long his name is to remain on the register.