Man found not guilty of sexual assault of boy in Kerry in early 1980s

A man in his 50s has been found not guilty of the indecent assault of a boy in Kerry in the early 1980s. Tralee courthouse2 The trial of the man at Tralee Circuit Court was told that he had always denied what his defence counsel described as a ‘fabricated set of allegations.’ Neither the accused nor his victim can be named on direction of the trial judge. The man who is now in his 40s alleged that he was indecently assaulted on a number of occasions in 1981 when he was nine years old. He claimed that the man took him to the bedroom of a neighbour’s house and sexually assaulted him, claims which were repeatedly denied by the accused man in garda interviews. The jury of seven men and five women heard that the accuser did not report the allegations until 30 years later. 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 – this, said Mr Sammon, was the foundation for ill will between the pair who had previously been on good terms. Mr Sammon told the jury they must acquit for two main reasons – that there was no corroboration of the evidence of the accuser and because there was a long delay before the allegations were formally made to gardaí. Just after 4 o’clock this afternoon – and after deliberating for just over one hour – the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all six charges.