Man, 82, admits abusing boy up to 48 years ago

An 82-year-old man from Glanmire, Co Cork, confessed yesterday to the indecent assault of a boy — some of the assaults occurring as many as 48 years ago.

Patrick Bassett, with an address at The Farmhouse, Sarsfield Court, in Glanmire, Co Cork, signed a plea of guilty to 12 counts of indecent assault yesterday at Cork District Court.

Joseph Cuddigan, defence solicitor, told Judge Con O’Leary yesterday that the accused was prepared to sign pleas of guilty to all charges obviating the necessity for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Once that was done, Inspector Mary King applied to have the accused sent forward for sentencing to the county sessions of Cork Circuit Criminal Court commencing on October 25.

Sergeant Annamarie Guiney arrested Patrick Bassett at the courthouse on Washington St, Cork, last week and charged him with the historical sex crimes.

Sgt Guiney cautioned the accused man that he did not have to say anything but that anything he might say would be taken down in writing and given in evidence.

Bassett made no reply to any of the charges, the court heard.

It was alleged that the 12 indecent assaults were committed between 1968 and 1970 when the complainant was aged between 10 and 12.

No facts in relation to the abuse have yet been given in court.

It is anticipated that a full outline of the facts of the case, and possibly, a victim impact statement, will be presented to the sentencing judge at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

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