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Jury Deliberations In Trial Of Celebrity Accused Of Defilement Of A Child To Continue Tomorrow

Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas

06:12 19 Oct 2023

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The jury in the trial of an Irish celebrity accused of the defilement of a child has gone home for the evening.

The man, who can’t be named for legal reasons, denies three charges of engaging in sexual acts with a 16-year-old girl in Dublin in 2010.

The Judge has told the jurors this is essentially a case of one person’s word against another’s saying the allegations are 13 years old which makes their task more difficult.

The complainant says the celebrity engaged in 3 sexual acts with her in 2010 and he knew she was 16 and asked her to keep a secret.

But he says these allegations never happened with a second line of defence that he always thought she was above the legal age of 17.

The jurors began considering their verdict this morning and had been deliberating for over 3 hours when they returned with some questions.

They have now retired for the evening.

Reporting by Stephanie Rohan from the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

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