Retired farmer cleared of sexually assaulting nephew



A retired farmer has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting his 14-year-old nephew at a house in Downings more than 20 years ago.

Samuel Cunningham of Glenside Rd, Dunmurry was found not guilty of four counts of sexual assault at a house at Rosguill, Downings between December 1993 and January 1994.

The alleged victim, Patrick Cunningham, waived his anonymity during the trial at Letterkenny Circuit. Now 35, he claimed he was assaulted when he went to do repairs to his grandmother’s house with his uncle.

Sammuel Cunningham denied going to Donegal with his nephew and said he always spent the New Year period at his late wife Rose’s family home in Cavan.

A jury of eight men and four women took 50 minutes to find the accused not guilty on all four charges of sexual assault on the third day of the trial.




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