Former priest fails in appeal against abuse conviction

A former Dublin priest and notorious serial sex offender sentenced to 16 years for abusing three victims has failed in an appeal against his conviction.

Tony Walsh - who was a well-known member of the singing All Priests Show - in November 2010 received sentences for separate cases of indecent assault and buggery of three boys in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Court of Criminal Appeal this afternoon rejected Walsh’s appeal against conviction, having found that issues raised concerning the credibility of one of the complainants had correctly been left to the jury to decide.

Walsh was convicted in 1996 of 19 counts of abusing six victims and sentenced to 10 years in prison, which was later reduced to six years.


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