Saturday 22 October 2016

Woman facing child exploitation allegations

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo

A WOMAN who is alleged to have allowed a child to be sexually exploited had her case adjourned at Balbriggan District Court as the book of evidence is not yet ready.

The woman, who is in her 40s and cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged victim, is facing a charge under Section 3 of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998, of allowing a child to be sexually exploited on a date unknown between August 31, 2013 and September 9, 2013.

The court heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment. This means that the case will be sent forward for trial by judge and jury to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Sergeant Tony Tighe requested a further four weeks for the service of the book of evidence.

Judge Dermot Dempsey remanded the woman on continuing bail to re-appear before the court on June 25 for the book of evidence to be served on her.

He marked it peremptory against the State, meaning it could be struck out if the book of evidence is not ready on the next date.

As part of her bail conditions, the woman has to stay away from Skerries and Balbriggan, except for court appearances and to have no contact with the alleged victim.

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