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'Donkey Man' denies historical rape and abuse

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THE trial of a pensioner who allegedly sexually abused two young girls in the 1970s has begun in the Royal Court.

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Lester Quenault (78), who was known as the ‘Donkey Man’ as he used to run a donkey ride business at Gorey, denies 27 counts of sexual abuse against two pre-teenage girls.

The charges include six counts of rape against one of the girls as well as 12 counts of indecent assault and nine counts of procuring an act of gross indecency.

The jury in the Royal Court heard on Monday that Mr Quenault allegedly abused the girls at several locations including in his car.

Outlining the case, Crown Advocate Simon Thomas said the charges laid against the defendant were just examples of his alleged abuse.

Describing how she was allegedly abused in the defendant's car, one of the complainants said: ‘He would stop. It would be somewhere quite remote and dark. I would see him take down his trousers and lift himself off the seat. I did not like to look,’ she said before describing the sexual acts he allegedly made her perform.

The trial, which is expected to last seven days, continues.

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