A 67-year-old former sports coach from Waterford is expected to face trial in the Circuit Court later this year.

Bill Kenneally, of Summerville Avenue, Waterford city will be returned for trial next month on 99 charges of sexual and indecent assault.

The matter was before Waterford District Court and relates to alleged assaults on three boys in Waterford in the 1980s.

The court heard from Detective Sergeant Siobhan Keating that one of the initial 99 charges had been withdrawn, but the accused was now facing a new charge.

The court heard that when the charge had been put to him, Mr Kenneally made no reply.

The court was also told that a number of amendments were made to some of the charges because of clerical errors on application by the gardaí, and there was no objection from Mr Kenneally’s solicitor, Pat Newell.

The book of evidence was served on the accused but his solicitor asked that his client not be sent forward for trial just yet, as it was likely the trial would be transferred to Dublin. 

Inspector Murt Whelan said his instructions from the DPP were to apply for a return for trial to the next sittings of Waterford Circuit Court, starting on 10 April, but had no objection to Mr Newell’s application.

Mr Newell said his client could still be returned for trial to the April sittings of the circuit court.

Judge Kevin Staunton adjourned the case until 24 April, for a return for trial, and remanded Mr Kenneally on continuing bail.