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Friday 2 December 2016

Trial for man on sex abuse charges

A Dublin man has been sent for trial accused of sexually abusing a girl at a house in the west of the city over a three-year period
A Dublin man has been sent for trial accused of sexually abusing a girl at a house in the west of the city over a three-year period

A Dublin man has been sent for trial accused of sexually abusing a girl at a house in the west of the city over a three-year period.

The accused (47) had a book of evidence served on him at Blanchardstown District Court.

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

The offences are alleged to have happened at the same location on dates between 2011 and 2014.

Judge David McHugh gave the accused the formal notice that he must provide any alibi details to the prosecution within 14 days.

He then sent him for trial to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Allegations

He assigned free legal aid following an application by defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe, and said it would cover both junior and senior counsel in the circuit court "given the nature of the allegations."

Judge McHugh ordered disclosure by the prosecution of copies of videos of the accused's garda interview. The man was remanded on continuing bail, under existing terms and conditions. The conditions are that the accused has no contact with the alleged victim or her family.

He must sign on weekly at his local garda station and give notice of any change of address. He has not yet indicated how he intends to plead.

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