Month: March 2020

Creche Assault Case Adjourned Until June

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,

 

 

Child Injury Compensation Award of €55,000 Due to Tree Stump Accident

10-year-old  Diarmuid O’Connor from Knocklyon has been has a €55,000 school camp compensation settlement agreed at the High Court in relation to an accident where he cut his knee on a tree stump when he was left unsupervised at a mid-term camp in Dundrum.

Diarmuid, now 15 years old, was just 10 years of age when the incident took place. He was exploring, with friends, among some bushes during the morning break at the art camp. No one was supervising him at the time. It was during this time that accident took place. He cut his leg quite badly in the incident and presiding Judge Garrett Simon was informed that he (Diarmuid) is now too self conscious about the wound to wear shorts during warm weather.

The claim was settled with the proprietors of the camp Artzone Ltd. The Court was informed that Artzone Ltd was responsible for the operation of art camps during February 19, 2016 when the accident took place. The venue for the camp that Diarmuid was attending was Taney Parish Hall, Dundrum, Dublin.

Diarmuid , the judge was informed, had gone for an unsupervised walk with some of his peers during the break time at the camp. As a group, they entered a region of the camp that was particularly bushy. At this time his fell across a tree stump, cutting his leg severely. Camp staff came to his aid and called an ambulance to bring him for further medical attention. They brought the other young boys away from the camp before the ambulance attended the scene.

Mr Justice Garrett Simons gave his approval for the school camps compensation settlement, saying it was a good settlement as Diarmuid had been left with a scar which clearer had a psychological impact upon him.

Taking the legal action via his mother Jacinta O’Connor, Diarmuid now currently lives at Ashton Avenue, Knocklyon, Dublin,

As a full trial hearing may have had issues relating to supervision, Justice Simons said that he was happy with the agreed settlement.