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Irish Times
October 6, 2010

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Trial of priest on rape charges postponed due to his ill-health

The trial of an 82-year-old priest charged with raping a 15-year-old boy on two separate occasions in the west of Ireland more than 40 years ago has been deferred due to his ill-health, writes Ann Healy.

Defence counsel Francis Comerford told Galway Circuit Criminal Court yesterday that the priest was in hospital and his trial was not in a position to proceed at this time.

The priest, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was extradited from the United States earlier this year.

He faces two charges of sexually assaulting the boy at separate locations in the west in 1968. Judge Raymond Groarke adjourned the matter to December 3rd, when a date will be set for the priestís trial in the new year.


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