Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Priest child abuse trial begins

Priest child abuse trial begins

The trial is being heard at Omagh Crown Court
A Catholic priest has gone on trial accused of indecently assaulting three young sisters from County Fermanagh.

Father Eugene Lewis, who is a member of the Society of Missionaries of Africa, denied 11 charges of assault between 1963 and 1973 at Omagh Crown Court.

The offences span a 10 year period when Father Lewis lived at the White Fathers College in Blacklion, County Cavan.

The abuse is alleged to have taken place when he visited the family at their home in County Fermanagh.

The victims said the abuse began when they were as young as seven.

One of them will also give evidence that he raped her, but as the alleged offence took place in Dublin he cannot be tried for that in a Northern Ireland court.

When interviewed by the police, Father Lewis said he never touched the children, that the claims were a total fabrication and that he was the victim of a "family lynching mob".

The trial is expected to last several weeks.

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