Jury in trial of former GAA coach to consider verdict

Monday 12 May 2014 18.50
The man pleaded not guilty to 54 counts of abusing five different boys
The man pleaded not guilty to 54 counts of abusing five different boys

The jury in the trial of a 71-year-old former Gaelic football coach accused of indecently assaulting five boys in the 1980s has retired to consider its verdict.

The man pleaded not guilty to 54 counts of abusing five different boys, four of whom he coached on under-12 football teams.

The complainants, all now in their late thirties and early forties, gave evidence over eight days at Sligo Circuit Court.

They alleged that the man abused them in various locations, mostly in his house and his car but also in Dublin and in the countryside.

A number of allegations related to incidents which the men say occurred on weekends when the man brought them to GAA matches in Croke Park.

The jury has been sent home for the night and will resume their deliberations tomorrow morning.