Four teens accused of having sex with 15-year-old girl appear in court
Four Dublin teenagers appeared in Tallaght District Court yesterday accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl at a party.
The teenagers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are charged along with one other teenager who was not in court, with the defilement of a named female child under the age of 17.
All five were juveniles at the time of the alleged offences on March 14, 2014.
Yesterday's appearance in court was to determine where the case would be heard. The Director of Public Prosecutions has directed that the three defendents who are 16 be tried at the District Court level, where the maximum sentence they can get, if any, is less than one year.
The DPP also directed that the 17 and 18-year-old accused would only be tried at District Court level if they pleaded guilty. If not they would be sent for jury trial, where a sentence of up to five years could be imposed if they are found guilty.
At a hearing last month for the case a garda told the court that it will be alleged that on March 14, 2014 the injured party, who was 15 years of age at the time, left her home at 7pm and a bottle of vodka was purchased for her in a local Lidl shop. The garda said the girl drank the bottle and friends brought her home at 8.30pm as she was drunk.
He said it will be alleged that an impromptu house party occurred at the house and the five males had sex with her.
The garda said that the injured party alleges that each of the males had pulled down her leggings and underwear. It is alleged that they had sex with her individually, that she could not "physically say no" and that she was scared.
Judge Patricia McNamara also heard that it will be alleged during proceedings that before she had sex with the fourth male she heard a voice outside her bedroom say: "Line up guys."
At yesterday's hearing, Judge McNamara agreed to the three 16-year-old's cases remaining at District Court level.
With regard to the 17-year-old Judge McNamara accepted jurisdiction despite the DPP's recommendation. The final decision on whether the 17-year-old will elect for trial in the District or Circuit Court will be made early next year.
As for the 18-year-old, who was excused from yesterday's hearing, no facts against him have yet been led in evidence.
All five teenagers have been remanded on bail until early next year.