Donegal man guilty of two charges in rape case

A Donegal man has been convicted of anally raping a 15-year-old girl and having sex with the same teenager two years ago.

The 23-year-old accused, who can not be identified for legal reasons, had pleaded not (NOT) guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape, anal rape and defilement of the girl on a date in February 2008.

A jury of seven men and five women returned a verdict of guilty on the charge of defilement following six hours of deliberation yesterday (Wednesday)..

The panel was sent home for the evening after considering the remaining charges for a further 90 minutes and returned the guilty verdict today (Thursday) after an another hour and a half of deliberations.

The members failed to reach a verdict on the rape charge. It was day eight of the trial.

Mr Justice George Birmingham thanked the jury for their care and attention during the trial and excused them from service for 12 years.

He remanded the accused in custody until a sentence date next March after he ordered a probation report and registered him as a sex offender..