A WEST of Ireland priest has been sent forward for trial to the Circuit Criminal Court on a charge of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy 11 years ago.
At Westport District Court yesterday, Judge Conal Gibbons refused jurisdiction in the case, saying the district court was not appropriate for the hearing as he did not have the power to impose the necessary penalty.
The defendant, who it is understood is no longer in the priesthood, appeared in court dressed casually in an open-necked shirt. He cannot be named at this stage for legal reasons.
Outlining the facts of the case, Supt Pat Doyle said the priest was friendly with the victim's family, and one night between August 2, 1991 and August 9, 1991 the boy, together with others, stayed in the priest's house. This was when the alleged assault took place.
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Supt Doyle said he had spoken to the boy, who told him the incident had ruined his childhood. The judge adjourned the case to December 5 to allow time for the preparation of a Book of Evidence.