Kenneally sent forward to Circuit Court

Former basketball coach Bill Kenneally has been sent forward to the Circuit Criminal Court for 171 charges alleging he sexually assaulted three boys in the 1970s and 1980s.Mr Kenneally (68), formerly of Summerville Avenue, Waterford City, appeared before Waterford District Court yesterday to be served with a Book of Evidence detailing the charges against him.The allegations cover the period from 1978 to 1988. 136 are related to one complainant, 31 to another, while four relate to a third complainant.

Bill Kenneally.

Bill Kenneally.

Judge Kevin Staunton issued a formal alibi warning to Bill Kenneally, telling him that if he intends to rely on alibi evidence in his trial, he must supply details to the State within 14 days.Solicitor Matthew Byrne asked for February 5 to be the return date to the Circuit Court and Judge Staunton sent Mr Kenneally forward for trial, remanding him in custody until that date.He also granted legal aid for two counsel as well as a solicitor, and agreed to an application from Mr Byrne to grant legal aid in respect of each of the three complainants.
Mr Kenneally was an accountant by profession and was also a member of Fianna Fáil who took on the role of tallyman for the party during election counts.

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