Wednesday, June 22, 2022

A 78-YEAR-OLD man has pleaded guilty to 13 sample counts of indecent assault and assault on two children, which took place on unknown dates between August 8, 1981 and August 30, 1986 in County Waterford. Anthony Daly, aged 78, who now resides full-time in a Co. Waterford residential home, was arraigned by video link in Waterford Circuit Criminal Court on Thursday, June 16. 

 The charges involve two injured parties now aged in their forties, who cannot be named for legal reasons. Mr Daly pleaded guilty to the indecent assault of a male child on at least five separate occasions at a residential address in Portlaw, Co. Waterford on unknown dates between August 1981 and August 1986.  

The 78-year-old man also pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting the same boy in the Scout Hall, Portlaw, Co. Waterford, in Stradbally, Co. Waterford, in the Nire Valley, Co. Waterford, and in Mount Melleray, Co. Waterford on unknown dates between August 1981 and June 1986. 

Guilty pleas were also offered for the charge of indecent assault against a second male child at an a residential address in Portlaw on two unknown dates between January 1985 and June 1986. The same child was also subjected to indecent assault in an area referred to as Thompson’s field, Co. Waterford on dates unknown between January 1, 1985, and June 30, 1986.  

A statement was offered to the court on behalf of Mr. Daly which said: “I would like to express remorse to the two victims.” While a medical report is being prepared, he will remain on continuing bail until October when a sentencing date will be decided upon. 

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