Tralee Circuit Court hears man claims abuser told him what was happening was normal

A man who claims he was  indecently assaulted in Kerry says his alleged abuser told him what  was happening was ‘quite normal.’ Tralee Courthouse The accused, who can’t be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to 28 counts of sexual assault and indecent assault, against four complainants between 1989 and 1999. Yesterday, Tralee Circuit Court heard evidence from the first complainant, who said about four years ago he told John Prior, an industrial school survivor, of the abuse he claims happened to him. As the judge excused the jury for the day, two members told him, that they knew of Mr. Prior, who is a key witness in the trial. The court was told the accused man returned to Kerry from abroad for a number of weeks each year to build a house for his family, close to where the complainant lived; during his stays, he would live in a caravan on site. The complainant said the abuse began when he was 13, on dates between 1989 and 1990, while he was helping the accused man on the site. He said he once asked the accused man if he did these things with his own sons, to which the accused laughed and said he didn’t, that these were things you only did with good friends, but they were all quite normal. The complainant said he was sent away to a probation hostel in Waterford, after he was found guilty of burglary; he said he was glad he was sent away as it meant he was safe from what was happening at home. The case will continue today.

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