Businessman found not guilty of sex assault at wedding

January 28, 2022

A Donegal businessman has been found not guilty of the sexual assault of a woman at a wedding.

The man was charged with the alleged sexual assault at which he was a guest in the county in 2019.

The man, who cannot be named, consistently denied the charge against him.

His trial lasted more than two days at Letterkenny Circuit Court before Judge John Aylmer and a jury of nine men and three women.

CCTV footage of the alleged incident was shown a number of times by detectives in the case.

The alleged victim claimed the man touched her on her buttocks for approximately two seconds in a prolonged way.

The alleged incident happened as she returned from a smoking area back into the main ballroom of the hotel.

CCTV footage shows the man coming behind her but does not show the actual point of alleged contact.

However, the woman is seen reacting by turning around and staring at the man she claims touched her.

She later claimed in evidence that he continually stared at her after the alleged incident.

The accused can be seen then walking around the woman, putting one of his hands behind his back and going towards his table for his drink.

The man denied that he in any way touched the woman at all and said he was merely making his way around her to get to his drink at a nearby table.

Extensive evidence was given by a number of witnesses in the case.

The jury took more than two hours to deliberate and then returned a verdict of not guilty.

Editor’s note: This is a summary of the overall case given to record the verdict but full details including location, etc have been omitted so as not to identify either party.