Man charged with 84 counts of sexual assault and rape

A man in his mid-50s appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday charged with 84 counts of sexual assault and rape.

The man, who cannot be identified, will now face trial on the 84 counts alleged to have been committed against four teenage boys on a series of dates between July 1990 and January 2005.

He was also charged with a single count of illegally possessing a firearm on June 6th 2010.

Garda Denise Cassidy told Judge Seamus Hughes the accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged at Glenties Garda station yesterday morning.

Inspector Sylvie Henry said the Director of Public Prosecutions consented that the accused, who is unemployed, be sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court and he sought an adjourment for the preparation of a book of evidence in the case.

Solicitor Patsy Gallagher sought legal aid and the appointment of one Junior Counsel for the case. He did not seek bail in the matter.

The accused was remanded in custody to appear back in court on January 21st.