Former Cork mayor guilty of five counts of sexual assault

Monday 25 November 2013 13.19
The jury found John Murray guilty of five counts of sexual assault
The jury found John Murray guilty of five counts of sexual assault

A former lord mayor of Cork has been found guilty of five counts of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in the city in the mid-1990s.

John Murray, 83, of Gregg Road in Cork, had contested the charges.

The jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court found him not guilty of one of the six assault charges he faced.

Murray is spending tonight in Cork Prison.

First elected to Cork Corporation in 1985, he retained his seat in 1991 and was elected lord mayor of Cork two years later.

He continued to serve as a councillor until 1999.

He spent a decade and a half in public life, during which time he committed these offences.

The victim, now aged in her 30s, told the court she was frozen in fear as Murray kissed her, touched her inappropriately and made obscene remarks to her.

He said the allegations were untrue, sickening and disgusting.

This afternoon the jury returned a verdict of guilty on one count of sexual assault.

Later, guilty verdicts on a further four counts and a not guilty verdict on the final count were returned.

Murray was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 2 December.