Garda investigating alleged assault on boy in boarding school

Garda says file has been forwarded to the DPP for direction

 Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times


An Garda Síochána is investigating an alleged assault on a young boy in Wilson’s Hospital School, a co-ed Church of Ireland boarding school in Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath.

The assault, which allegedly included a sexual element, is said to have occurred in 2017 and the boy, who has since left the school, is alleged to have been left with minor injuries after being attacked by three older boys.

The Garda Press Office declined to comment on the allegation other than to say there is an ongoing investigation and a file has been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for direction.

In a statement, the school said its policy was that all matters relating to students were confidential, and accordingly the school did not discuss any student related matter with any third party.

The secondary school has both boarders and day pupils, with a total student population of approximately 400.