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Tralee Courthouse1A 76-year-old Dingle man has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a teenage girl at his home almost 39 years ago.
It took the jury just under two hours to find Jimmy Flannery senior guilty on all five charges that were before Tralee Circuit Criminal Court.


Jimmy Flannery had denied indecently assaulting the girl, who was 14 at the time, and staying at his family home at An Chúilín, Dingle during the summer of 1977.
The woman, who cannot be identified, had been sent to the Flannery house for the summer to help mind the children.
She told the trial that Flannery began to make sexual advances towards her.
The first instance happened in the accused’s bedroom when he tried to pull her onto his bed.
The second count happened in his children’s bedroom when she was dressing the beds and Flannery cornered her and tried to touch her.
The woman said on one occasion her abuser had assaulted her in the living room but was disturbed when his wife arrived home unexpectedly.
She detailed two other assaults had happened in the dead of night when she was woken to find Flannery interfering with her private parts.
She said one of his daughters was sharing the sofa bed with her at the time but had slept through the assault.
Judge Sinéad Ní Chúlacháin thanked the jury for their service in what she said had been a distressing case.
She adjourned the matter for mention to a later sitting of the court to fix a date for sentencing.