A very disturbing court case continues today before Mr Justice Paul McDermott and a jury.
A boy yesterday told the trial of three men and four women accused of sexually abusing three children that he was raped by three men including his father. The seven accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, include the parents, grandmother and aunts and uncles of the three main child complainants.
The accused range in ages from 27 to 57 and live in various locations in Munster. The Central Criminal Court heard that both parents are also accused of willfully neglecting two of their younger children. The 56-year-old father of the three main child complainants has pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of the most serious charges against a child at locations in Munster on unknown dates between August 18th, 2014 and April 28th, 2016.
The 33-year-old mother of the three main child complainants has pleaded not guilty to 25 counts including sexual assault, sexual exploitation and willfully neglecting a child at locations in Munster on unknown dates between August 18, 2014 and April 28, 2016. The mother and father have also pleaded not guilty to willfully neglecting two other boys at a location in Munster on unknown dates between August 18, 2014 and April 28, 2016.
The trial continues at the Central Criminal Court today.