Jury deliberating in Waterford child sex abuse trial

Jury deliberating in Waterford child sex abuse trial

A jury in the trial of two Waterford parents accused of sexually abusing their young son has been sent home for the evening and will resume deliberations tomorrow.

Jurors spent just under three hours considering verdicts on the 22 counts of rape, sexual assault and child cruelty against the accused. At their request they spent some of the day re-watching DVDs of interview with the boy when he was eight years old.

The boy's father faces nine counts of raping the boy, nine counts of raping the boy with a poker and one count of cruelty when he was aged between six and eight. The mother faces two counts of sexual assault relating to allegations she had sex with the boy and one count of cruelty.

Both parents have pleaded not guilty to the allegations which are alleged to have occurred between 2009 and 2011 in their Waterford home.

The parents had originally faced a total of 82 charges but 60 of these were withdraw this week following legal argument.