Munster abuse trial: jury sent home for bank holiday weekend

The jury has been deliberating since Thursday morning and has been told there is no restriction on time and to return their verdicts based on the evidence before them
Munster abuse trial: jury sent home for bank holiday weekend

Mr Justice Paul McDermott sent the jury home just after lunchtime on Friday after one of the jurors was taken ill.

The jury in a nine-week child abuse trial has been sent home for the bank holiday weekend and will resume their deliberations on Tuesday.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott sent the jury home just after lunchtime on Friday after one of the jurors was taken ill. He said he would hopefully see them all again after the long weekend.

The jury has been deliberating since Thursday morning. They have been told there is no restriction on time and to return their verdicts based on the evidence before them.

The five family members, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are accused of abusing three children between 2014 and 2016. The accused are the parents, aunt and uncles of the children. They range in ages from 27 to 56 and live in various locations in Munster.

The parents are also accused of neglecting five of their children. All of the accused have denied the charges against them.

Reporting restrictions are in place to protect the welfare and identities of the children.

Charges

The father has pleaded not guilty to 34 counts including rape, anal rape, oral rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and wilfully neglecting a child at locations in Munster on unknown dates between August 18, 2014, and April 28, 2016. An additional three counts against him were withdrawn during the trial.

The mother has pleaded not guilty to 25 counts including sexual assault, sexual exploitation and wilfully neglecting a child at locations in Munster on unknown dates between August 18, 2014, and April 28, 2016.

The mother and father have also pleaded not guilty to wilfully neglecting another two of their children at a location in Munster on unknown dates between August 18, 2014 and April 28, 2016.

The children's aunt has pleaded not guilty to three counts, including sexually assaulting the girl and sexually assaulting one of the boys at locations in Munster on unknown dates between August 18, 2014, and April 28, 2016.

Her husband has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts including rape, anal rape, oral rape, sexual assault and sexual exploitation at locations in Munster on unknown dates between August 18, 2014, and April 28, 2016. Two additional counts were withdrawn during the trial.

Another man – the children's uncle - has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts including rape, oral rape, anal rape, sexual assault and sexual exploitation at locations in Munster on unknown dates between August 18, 2014, and April 28, 2016.

A count of alleged sexual exploitation by him of the eldest boy was withdrawn by order of the trial judge.

The case against two other women – the children's uncle's partner and their grandmother – was withdrawn earlier in the trial by direction of the judge.

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