QUOTE: "The now 36-year-old man told Éanna Mulloy SC, prosecuting, that he “blanked” the alleged abuse during the 1980s out of his mind."
This appears to be another "Recovered Memory" case. It also follows the standard pattern under which the Irish Times gives a detailed account of allegations against a Religious, and then either fails to publish news of his acquittal, or buries it in the "News In Short" section.
This is how an anti-Semitic publication would deal with sex allegations against Jews!
10 December 2008
Brother Found Not Guilty Of Abuse
Irish Times, (News In Short) 10 December 2008
A De La Salle Brother has been found not guilty by direction of the trial judge at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of abusing a former resident of an institution for young offenders over 20 years ago.
The 56-year-old man had pleaded not guilty to three counts of indecent assault, one count of buggery and one count of gross indecency against the then 12-year-old boy at the institution between March 1st, 1985, and September 2nd, 1986.
Judge Desmond Hogan told the jury that having considered lengthy legal submissions, he had decided to withdraw the case from them. The judge instructed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty by direction.
Court Told of Alleged Abuse By Brother
Irish Times, 5 December, 2008
A MAN who alleges he was sexually abused by a De La Salle brother at an institution for young offenders has told a jury that on his release aged 14, he became involved in prostitution because he went “bananas about sex”.
The now 36-year-old man told Éanna Mulloy SC, prosecuting, that he “blanked” the alleged abuse during the 1980s out of his mind.
The 56-year-old accused has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to indecent assault, buggery and gross indecency against the then 12-year-old boy at the children’s institution between March 1st, 1985, and September 2nd, 1986.
The alleged victim said when he left the institution he got into a “horrible situation of male prostitution” in public toilets, which lasted about two or three years until he met his former partner and they had children.
Mr Mulloy, in opening the case, told the jury that when the Brother was interviewed by gardaí, he said he was “devastated” by the allegations.
The alleged victim said he came from a difficult background and did not get on well at primary school. He used to “mitch” and avoided spending time at home and became involved in petty crime.
The man told Mr Mulloy he was sent to the institution by the Children’s Court in September 1984 following a short period of assessment at another centre. He was initially sent there for one year but was kept on for another year and released in 1986.
He said that the first number of months at the centre passed without incident but one evening during the summer holidays the Brother came into his room and they started playing “noughts and crosses” on a copybook placed over the accused’s crotch.
The man said later that night the Brother came back and brought him down to his bedroom where the accused touched his crotch and encouraged him to do the same in return. He said it continued for five minutes and he then returned to his room feeling “horrible” after the Brother told him no one would find out.
The man said he ran away from the institution following an alleged beating from the accused, which occurred after he had urinated on another boy’s head in retaliation for an earlier skirmish.
He was brought back to the centre after about a week and a half when caught stealing.
The man said on one occasion the boys were brought out on a trip in a minibus and on their return he was brought by the Brother to his room. He alleged the accused asked him to perform oral sex on him and attempted to bugger him but stopped when he said it hurt.
He said he got into some further trouble with the law as a teenager on his release and spent time in other institutions, but since his children were born he had not got into any trouble.
The trial continues.
Case against Brother Halted
Irish Times, News in Brief, 10 October 2008
The jury has been discharged in the trial of a De La Salle brother accused of abusing a former resident at a children's institution for young offenders more than 20 years ago. The 56-year-old man had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three counts of indecent assault, one count of buggery and one count of gross indecency against the then 12-year-old complainant between March 1st, 1985, and September 2nd, 1986. Judge Frank O'Donnell told the jury that "certain matters" had arisen that could "taint proceedings" if the trial continued.
De La Salle Brother Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse Charges
Irish Times, 9 October 2008
A BROTHER of the De La Salle order has gone on trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court accused of abusing a former resident at a children’s institution for young offenders over 20 years ago.
The 56-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to three counts of indecent assault, one count of buggery and one count of gross indecency against the then 12-year-old complainant at the institution on dates unknown between March 1st, 1985 and September 2nd, 1986.
Eanna Mulloy SC (with Colm Ó Briain) in opening the trial told the jury the Brother was a care worker at the residential children’s care centre, where a number of boys were sent by the courts.
Mr Mulloy said that when the complainant was sent to the centre by courts in 1984 it was because he had got into trouble with the law, was missing school, came from a difficult background and was generally not doing well.
He said the boy was originally sent to the home for a year but for various reasons, including several incidents of absconding, he was kept on for another year after that and released in 1986.
Mr Mulloy said the now 36-year-old man has had a troubled life since then and asked the jury to keep an open mind in all aspects of the case. He said the man accepted that he had received a good education in the home and apart from these incidents had been well treated.
The complainant was first sent to an assessment centre for a number of weeks after coming before the courts and was then committed in September 1984 for one year to the residential care home where the abuse took place.
Mr Mulloy said the first number of months at the centre passed without incident, but one evening he heard the squeak of a handle coming into his dormitory and he was roused from his bed by the accused, who brought him down to his own room.
Mr Mulloy said the man alleges the accused then indecently assaulted him by putting his hands into his pyjama bottoms. He said it was the prosecution’s case that there was a second similar incident in the shower room of a swimming pool.
He said that on another occasion the boys were brought out on a trip in a minibus and on their return the complainant would say he was summoned to the accused’s room, where he claims he was sexually assaulted.
He said the accused was interviewed by gardaí in July 1999 about the allegations when they came to light.
The trial continues before Judge Frank O’Donnell and a jury of nine men and three women.