Priest Fails to Stop Sex Offences Trial

One in Four [Ireland]
February 1, 2006

A priest has lost a High Court bid to stop his trial on four charges of indecently assaulting a woman when she was in her early 20s.

The assaults allegedly occurred in the early 1980s and include alleged assaults at a church where the young woman's mother was a sacristan. A formal complaint of assault was first made in May 2002.

Yesterday Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne found the priest, now in his 70s, had failed to establish that his right to a fair trial had been prejudiced on grounds of delay in making a formal complaint of assault.


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