Priest on trial for alleged abuse

A former priest has gone on trial charged with sexually abusing a boy in the presbytery of a Dublin church around 30 years ago.

The accused, who cannot be named by court order, has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of indecent assault and a further six counts of buggery on dates between 1979 and 1983.

Opening the case for the prosecution senior counsel Mary Rose Geraghty told the jury the alleged abuse started in 1979, when the boy was around seven years old.

He got to know the accused who was the local curate in a Dublin parish and became an altar boy.

Now in his late 30s the jury has heard he will give evidence that the priest used to invite him back to the presbytery where he was regularly abused.

He will also say he was raped in the Furry Glen of the Phoenix Park in February 1980.

The accused, who is now in his mid-50s, has denied six counts of buggery.

The jury heard the alleged victim first gave a statement to gardaí in 1993, which was withdrawn in 1995 but he then gave a full statement in 1998.


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