The man who can't be identified appeared before Kilmallock Court
A COUNTY Limerick pensioner has been charged with sexually assaulting three sisters under the age of 18.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Judge Marian O’Leary at Kilmallock Court.
The 13 alleged offences are said to have occurred on dates between 2010 and 2014. The Limerick Leader has learned that two of the girls are now in their teens and one is in her early twenties.
The man faces five sexual assault charges in relation to two of the complainants and three counts in relation to the third.
Garda Edel Moloney gave evidence of arresting the male and conveying him to Bruff garda station.
After each of the charges were read to the man aged in his seventies, Garda Moloney said: “He replied not guilty.”
There was no objection to bail by the state. Judge O’Leary ordered he have “no contact in any way whatsoever with any of the witnesses in the case”.
Tracey O’Brien, solicitor for the defendant, said her client was happy to abide by any bail conditions.
Sergeant Michelle Leahy said they had received directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions and they were for trial on indictment. The case was adjourned back to Kilmallock Court for service of the book of evidence.
Judge O’Leary granted bail on male’s own bond of €300. The judge ordered reporting restrictions on the media present not to identify the defendant or the alleged victims.