Limerick man pleads guilty to sexual assault and exploitation

David Hurley


David Hurley

Limerick man pleads guilty to sexual assault and exploitation

Limerick Circuit Court

A MAN has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexually assaulting his former partner's two young daughters over a four year period.

When arraigned at Limerick Circuit Court, the 46-year-old, who has an address in Limerick city, admitted committing the offences at a house in a village in County Limerick on various dates between July 1, 2009 and February 28, 2013.

The man has pleaded guilty to ten sample charges of sexual assault  – having initially appeared before the district court charged with 30.

The victims, who cannot be identified because of their age, were aged four and seven when the first of the offences took place.

During a brief hearing, the defendant also pleaded guilty to a single charge of sexually exploiting one of the girls at another house on the outskirts of the city on a date between September 30, 2009 and March 1, 2013.

John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, said the man’s guilty pleas were acceptable to the State on the understanding that the “full facts” relating to all of the offences will be outlined during a sentencing hearing early next year.

After noting the defendant’s guilty pleas, Judge Tom O’Donnell ordered that his name be placed on the register of sexual offenders.

The sentence he imposes will determine how long his name will remain on the register. The judge granted a request for a court-sanctioned psychological assessment of the defendant and the matter was adjourned to December when a sentencing date will be set.

The man was remanded on continuing bail pending his next court appearance.

As a condition of that bail, he must live at his home address and sign on daily at his local garda station.