Jury considers indecent assaults verdict

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limerickcircuitcourtby Andrew Carey

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THE jury in the trial of a 73-year-old retried teacher who has denied 75 counts of indecently assaulting 13 boys during the late 70s and 80 is expected to begin its deliberations at the end of this week.

Limerick Circuit Court has heard evidence from ten witnesses who alleged they were indecently assaulted in the late 70s and early 80s.

Detective Garda Deirdre Foley said that Gardaí obtained the roll book from the Limerick primary school and interviewed all pupils who were enrolled during the relevant years.

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It was alleged that the accused inappropriately touched and fondled the genitals of the boys during class, in a boiler room, during physical education class and on the corridors of the Limerick school and at various times during the school year.

The jury of seven men and five women heard details of two statements that were read in to court from two members of the class who said that they did not see any of the abuse occurring.

The trial continues before Judge John Hannan at Limerick Circuit Court.

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