The jury in the trial of a man who denied sexually assaulting his partner’s daughter 15 times when she was a child could not reach a verdict after three hours and 44 minutes of deliberation.
“You did the best you could, it is a difficult job. It will now have to go to someone else to decide it,” Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said as he thanked the jury for the work they had put into the case over the past three days.
It will now be a matter for another jury to hear the same case, possibly before the end of the year.
The 53-year-old denied sexually assaulting the girl when she was aged 8 to 14 between the years 2005 and 2011 at addresses in Co Cork and also at a holiday caravan in Kerry.
Before deliberations at Cork Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Ó Donnabháin told the jury: “The onus is on the State to make out what they are alleging happened. You have to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that it happened.”
The complainant testified in relation to various alleged incidents: “Whenever he came down for a weekend almost on a daily basis he would be touching me… putting his hands on my breasts and private parts.”
The defendant said in an interview with gardaí that he had three sons with the complainant’s mother and he was looking for access to them after their relationship ended. He felt his partner, her sister, and mother put the girl up to claiming he had sexually assaulted her.
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