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Jury in Donegal sexual assault case discharged

Judge told the jury they had heard evidence that they should not have heard

Staff Reporter

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New Donegal circuit court judge welcomed at first official sitting

Judge John Aylmer.

The jury in the trial of a man who is charged with sexually and indecently assaulting two young boys in a period from 1989 to 1996, has been discharged before Judge John Aylmer at Donegal Circuit Court.

The judge told the seven men and five woman jury that he was discharging them because they had heard evidence that they should not have heard, about an hour and a half into the trial.

The case was adjourned to the next sitting of the circuit court on April 17th when another jury would be empanelled to try the matter.

The man was remanded on continuing bail.

He is pleading not guilty to four counts of sexual assault under the Criminal Law Rape Act against one young boy.

The alleged offence happened in a period between January 1st, 1991 and August 1996.

He is denying a similar charge of sexual assault under the same Act, and a separate indecent assault against another young boy in the same time frame.

These alleged offences happened on dates between May 1st, 1989 and September 9th and on dates from January 1st, 1991 and December 31st, 1992.

Both boys were under 14 years of age at the time of the alleged offences.