A jury in the trial of a childcare worker accused of sexually assaulting four girls in a Leinster crèche has requested additional time to continue deliberations on the outstanding charges in the case.
The jury on Monday failed to reach a number of verdicts, despite acquitted the man on three charges relating to the first girl, and acquitted of both charges in relation to the fourth girl.
However the jury then asked Judge Elma Sheahan for more time to consider the remaining charges against the 29-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the children.
The man had pleaded not guilty to 23 counts of sexually assaulting the girls at the crèche on dates between August 2014 and December 2016, when they were aged between five and eight years old. The prosecution alleged the accused man had sexually assaulted the girls, who were all part of a “small circle of friends”.
However, legal representatives for the defence claimed that the case was “marked by its failure to listen to the children” and that the man had been left “utterly devastated” by the false allegations made against him.
In Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday the trial jury informed the presiding Judge that it was could not come to a unanimous verdict in relation to the remaining 18 counts of sexual assault after deliberating for 21 hours and 41 minutes.
Judge Sheahan adjourned the matter to June 16 and thanked the jury for their service while remanding the man on continuing bail,