Former Cork Lord Mayor pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

Tuesday 19 November 2013 19.12
Former lord mayor has pleaded not guilty to six charges of sexual assault
Former lord mayor has pleaded not guilty to six charges of sexual assault

A former Lord Mayor of Cork has gone on trial for the sexual assault of a teenager.

Mr Murray pleaded not guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to six counts of sexually assaulting a teenage girl at four locations in the city between March 1996 and October 1998.

Mr Murray, 83, was a Labour City Councillor for 14 years and was elected Lord Mayor of Cork in 1993.

The jury of five women and seven men heard graphic details of the alleged sexual assaults.

The woman said they took place in the toilet of a pub, in a car park, in a car on a public road and in a house in the city.

She told the court that the first alleged sexual assault took place between March and April 1996 when she was a young teenager.

She claimed Mr Murray told her she was a beautiful girl, before kissing and touching her inappropriately.

She said she froze with fear and shock at the time.

She told Prosecution Counsel Dermot Sheehan that Mr Murray went on to abuse her more seriously on five other occasions.

When she confronted him with her parents in 2011, she said he denied the abuse but later said he touched her but never had sex with her.

However, Defence Senior Counsel Alice Fawsitt said Mr Murray denied making any such admissions and denied ever sexually assaulting her.

The case resumes in the morning.