Kerry man accused of indecent assault of boy rejects allegations, trial is told

A man charged with the indecent assault of a boy in Kerry in the early 1980s strongly refutes what his barrister described as ‘ancient’ allegations. Tralee Courthouse1 The trial has begun at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court of the man – who’s now in his 50s – and who it is alleged committed the offences on dates unknown between February and October 1981. Neither the alleged victim nor the accused can be named for legal reasons. Please be advised that the following content might not be suitable for all listeners. In evidence to the jury the man said the accused was a neighbour who had invited him into a nearby house on a number of occasions when he was nine years old. He said the man told him to go to a bedroom where he pulled down both their trousers and indecently assaulted him. The man, who is now in his 40s, said he didn’t discuss it with his family at the time as didn’t know what was happening. Under questioning from defence counsel, Anthony Sammon, the man admitted that, in later years, he believed the accused was having an affair with his wife. He also admitted to deliberately parking his van so as to obstruct the accused’s home. Mr Sammon said it was years and years after the alleged offences that the complaints were made. He added that his client refutes all of the allegations which he described as ‘ancient. The trial before Judge Tom O’Donnell continues.