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Saturday 10 December 2016

Defendant is accused of sexually abusing girl

A DUBLIN man has appeared in court accused of sexually abusing a girl at a house in the west of the city over a three-year period.

The accused (47) was remanded on continuing bail at Blanchardstown District Court for the preparation of a book of evidence.

He is charged with five counts of sexual assault on one alleged victim.

The offences under the Criminal Law (Rape) Act are alleged to have happened at the same location on dates between 2011 and 2014.

The prosecuting garda told the court he arrested the defendant at his home address and brought him to Clondalkin Garda Station.

He made no reply to any of the charges after caution.

The garda had no objections to bail on condition that the accused has no contact with the alleged victim or her family.

He must also sign on weekly at his local garda station and give notice of any change of address.

Judge David McHugh remanded the defendant in custody with consent to his own bail of €100.

The court heard the DPP is directing trial on indictment on all charges.

The defendant has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.

He is due to appear before the court again on a date in September, for service of a book of evidence.

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