Immigrant guilty of sexual exploitation of a minor

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A Cork Circuit Criminal Court jury convicted Dahesh Patel (56) of exploiting the then 16-year-old boy after a four-day trial.

Patel, of Dillon’s Court, Dillon’s Cross, Cork, had denied the single charge on the indictment and insisted the incident complained of never happened.

However, the jury of seven men and five women convicted him after being sent out to consider its verdict yesterday morning.

Patel was convicted by a unanimous jury decision. Judge Sean O’Donnabháin remanded the defendant in custody for sentencing on May 10 next.

Patel was convicted of sexually exploiting the boy in the toilet of a Cork shopping centre on June 21, 2015.

The defendant insisted the allegation against him was false – and he claimed gardaí were attempting to frame him.

Saliva which was found on the underwear of the complainant was sent for forensic testing.

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