A mother told how she found suspicious drawings in her five year old daughter’s scrapbook after she returned from a neighbour’s home.

The woman was giving evidence against a man in his 70s who has gone on trial charged with two counts of alleged sexual assault against the 5 year old girl.

The woman told Letterkenny Circuit Court how her daughter would regularly visit the house in which she was allegedly abused.

On May 28th, 2013 the woman had collected the girl from the house and then casually asked her how her day was.

The girl replied that she couldn’t tell her mum because it was too rude and that the man had told her it was their secret.

The mother reassured her daughter that it was okay to tell her and the girl said the man had kissed her on her lips, put her hands down her panties and made her touch his “wee man.”

The girl later revealed that she and the accused man had drawn pictures of eachother’s “bums’ on the scrapbook but had scribbled them out.

The woman contacted Gardai and she was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital before being taken to the sexual assault unit at Galway University Hospital to be treated.

The man in the case, who cannot be identified, has denied all the allegations.

The jury in the case have already been shown a video of the girl being interviewed by specialist Garda officers just three days after the alleged assault took place.

Now aged eight, the girl was also asked questions by defence barrister Colm Smyth via videolink.

Expert scientific and medical evidence has also been given in the case by forensic scientist Dr David Casey and Consultant Paediatrician Dr Joanne Nelson.

The case continues on Tuesday next.



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