Former prominent politician pleads guilty to sexual assault of eight-year-old girl 20 years ago
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A former politician has appeared before Cork Circuit Criminal Court where he has pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of an eight year old girl almost two decades ago.
Former prominent politician pleads guilty to sexual assault of eight-year-old girl 20 years ago© Getty Images
The man in his fifties, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the girl at an address in Cork on a date between November 1 and 7, 2003. He voluntarily entered custody pending his sentencing hearing later this year.
Prosecuting barrister Lily Buckley, said that the man had indicated in writing his intention to plead guilty to the charge when the case came before the court.
He was charged with sexual assault of the girl contrary to Common Law and Section 2 of the Criminal Law Rape Amendment Act, 1990.
The defendant, who was wearing a green jacket, jumper and a pair of dark pants replied “Guilty” when he was asked how he would like to plead in relation to the charge.
Ms Buckley asked that the case be adjourned until the next sessions of Cork Circuit Criminal Court to allow for the preparation of expert reports to be used in the sentencing hearing. The adjournment also allows the victim in the case time to compose a victim impact statement if it is her intention to make such a submission.
Barrister Kate Aherne for the accused, said her client was in court on consent to bail but that he was now voluntarily surrendering bail.
Judge Helen Boyle adjourned the case for sentencing until April 25th next. The accused was remanded in custody until his next court appearance.
Reporting restrictions were put in place to avoid identifying the victim in the case.