State drops case against convicted child molester

State drops case against convicted child molester

The State has dropped its case against an Offaly man who was accused of sexually abusing his daughter on the day her mother died.

The 66-year-old is currently serving a 14 year sentence, imposed in 2013, for raping and sexually abusing four of his children.

He was convicted of four counts of oral rape, forty counts of sexual assault and two counts of indecent assault. He denied all the allegations, claiming the victims were lying and that it was a “conspiracy”.

Last week he stood trial at The Central Criminal Court on 21 additional counts of indecent assault against one of his daughters at three locations in Offaly between 1979 and 1987. He denied all charges.

The trial opened but collapsed before any evidence was heard after a letter was handed into court from a prison doctor stating the accused was too ill to attend. Mr Justice Paul Butler was forced to discharge the jury and adjourn the case so a new trial date could be set.

The prosecution entered a nolle prosequi on the accused, meaning it was withdrawing all charges. No reason was given in court for the decision.

During the opening of the trial last week, prosecution counsel Tara Burns SC told a jury that it would hear evidence that the abuse started when the child was ten. She alleged it occurred at various locations in the house including in his bed after her mother became ill and was forced to sleep downstairs.

Mr Burns alleged that he abused the girl on the night her mother passed away and that the abuse continued after her death and into the child’s teenage years.