Man already in jail for sex offences appears in court on 15 more charges

A man already serving a prison term for a series of sex offences, appeared at Dungloe District Court today on another 15 charges.

The defendant sat between a male and a female prison officer as the list of new charges was put before the court by Det Gda John Gallagher.

He told Judge Paul Kelly that he arrested the man at Chapel Road, Dungloe – where the court is sited – at 10.18 a.m. Det Gallagher said he subsequently charged the man and cautioned him after each charge. When he invited a reply, he said the defendant replied ‘guilty’ to each charge.”

Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said there was no application for bail.

Judge Paul Kelly, in response to prosecuting Inspector David Kelly, ruled that the victim and the defendant be not identified.

The defendant was remanded to Letterkenny District Court next Monday(July 15) on 15 counts of indecent assault against the same person who was aged between 14 and 17 between 1984 and 1987 and Judge Kelly agreed that the proceedings at that stage could heard on video if that could be arranged.

It was agreed that the defendant could be excused from the Letterkenny court appearance if a video-link is not arranged after Mr Gallagher told the judge he suffered from a serious health condition.

Earlier, the same court was told that a 70-year-old man charged with a series of sex offences against boys in west Donegal is still awaiting service of the book of evidence.

Dungloe District Court was told today that a short adjournment was being sought to allow continued communication between the State Solicitor and defence solicitor Cormac Hartnett.