Verdict returned in Tralee sexual exploitation and sexual assault case

A jury has found a man charged with sexual exploitation and sexual assault not guilty.

42-year-old Richard Doyle of Listrim, The Spa, Tralee appeared before Tralee Circuit Criminal Court charged with three counts of sexually exploiting a child and one count of sexually assaulting a female person.

The alleged offences related to dates unknown between November 1st, 2013 and March 31st, 2014.

The jury of six women and six men acquitted the accused after deliberating for one hour and 27 minutes.

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Earlier today Tralee Circuit Criminal Court has heard closing arguments from prosecuting barrister Tom Rice and defence barrister Brian McInerney.

Mr Rice said the jury must decide on the credibility of the complainant, beyond a reasonable doubt, in these allegations of sexual misconduct.

He referred to evidence presented in court, including two sex toys which the complainant claimed Mr Doyle had given to her.

Mr Rice also referred to the testimony of Sergeant Eoin Donovan who seized an iPhone 5 from the accused containing a Facebook Messenger exchange between him and the complainant.

The phone’s library also contained photographs of the alleged victim.

In his charge, Judge John Hannan said the jury must use their judgement, life experience and common sense when making their decision.

He also said the jury must return a unanimous verdict.

The jury retired to deliberate this afternoon at 17 minutes past three before returning at 44 minutes past four to deliver their verdict of not guilty on all four counts.