COURTS

Trial underway of man charged with sexually assaulting two cousins

Victims were under 14 at time of alleged offences

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Donegal Town Court

The trial has begun today (Wednesday) at Donegal Circuit Court of a man who is charged with sexually and indecently assaulting two young boys between 1989 and 1996.

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

These alleged offence happened in a period from January 1st 1991, and August 1996.

And 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 from 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.

State Prosecutor Patricia McLaughlin told the court the alleged offences happened mainly at a caravan in County Donegal where the boys' parents were visiting along with the accused.

The boys are cousins, the court was told.

Ms Patricia McLaughlin added that some of the assaults happened when one of the boy’s parents had gone to bed.

Alcohol was given to the boys on other occasions.

Ms McLaughlin said that another alleged assault took place when the accused was driving a car with one of his alleged victims on his knee.

And another alleged sexual assault happened to the boys at the same time, the court was told.

The identities of the alleged victims and the accused cannot be revealed for legal reasons.