A teenager whose complaints of being sexually assaulted by her brother were brought to the attention of her parents, a teacher, and a HSE social worker, was similarly assaulted and on one occasion raped by him after that, it was alleged yesterday.
The 37-year-old accused pleaded not guilty to a total of 41 counts of sexually assaulting his sister and one charge of raping her.
His trial opened before Mr Justice Paul Carney and a jury at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Cork.
Tom Creed, prosecuting, gave an outline of anticipated State evidence but said this was not itself evidence. He told the jury the accused was presumed innocent.
The accused is four years older than his sister and it would be alleged that he sexually assaulted her for the first time when she was 9 going on 10 years old, in 1991. Mr Creed said it commenced with the defendant touching his sister’s vagina and moved on, after some years, to him putting his finger into her vagina.
He said many of the charges related to the family home but that as she got older, the complainant was allegedly sexually assaulted by her brother when he drove her to or from discos.
Mr Creed detailed one alleged incident of the defendant chasing his sister, catching her on the ground, kissing her, giving her love-bites, and putting his hand on her vagina.
“Around February 1997 she made a complaint to a teacher who referred it to the HSE. Social workers and her parents were brought in. It was discussed. It did not seem to go further than that,” Mr Creed said.
“Her mother confronted him. He denied it. It was agreed he would leave the house. He did leave in March 1997. Unfortunately, he was allowed back in by his parents in December 1997. And unfortunately, matters started up again.”
Mr Creed said she again told her parents of alleged incidents in 2001. “Her mother will say she told her not to make a complaint in case it would break up the family,” he told the jury.
The case continues.
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