Northern Ireland

Former priest James Doyle acquitted of indecent assault

Belfast Crown Court
Image caption The 61-year-old was acquitted at Belfast Crown Court

A former Catholic priest has been acquitted of indecently assaulting a schoolgirl more than 30 years ago.

James Doyle, 61, from Lower Gardiner Street in Dublin, was acquitted of 15 counts of indecent assault.

The judge at Belfast Crown Court ruled the alleged victim's evidence had been innocently contaminated by another alleged injured party.

Mr Doyle faced 20 further charges of indecent assault against a second girl but she did not give evidence.