Tralee sexual exploitation and sexual assault case hears closing arguments

Tralee Circuit Criminal Court has heard closing arguments in the case of a man charged with sexual exploitation and sexual assault.

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

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

The accused has entered a plea of not guilty.

In his closing argument, prosecuting barrister Tom 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.

The complainant claims the accused gave them to her – the accused denies this.

Mr Rice also referred to 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.

Defence barrister, senior counsel Brian McInerney, said cases of this nature were difficult.

He said the accused was a ‘monumentally, stupid eejit’ for engaging in such messaging.

Judge John Hannan will commence his charge to the jury this afternoon.