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Gerard Dunbar at court

Gerard Dunbar at court

Gerard Dunbar at court

A man is facing trial accused of carrying out a sexual assault during a burglary at a house in Dublin.

Gerard Dunbar (54) is alleged to have committed the offence while trespassing at an address in the north of the city last year.

He had a book of evidence served on him and was sent forward for trial when he appeared at Dublin District Court.

Mr Dunbar, of Greencastle Avenue in Coolock, is charged with a burglary offence under Section 12 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

Trespasser

The charge alleges that having entered a house in north Dublin as a trespasser on a date last July, he committed an arrestable offence "to wit, sexual assault".

He was not charged with anything else before the court and no alleged victim is specified in the charge.

Dublin District Court heard that a book of evidence was ready in the case.

State solicitor Michael Durkan said that there was a single count in the book and the DPP was consenting to the accused being sent forward for trial to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr Dunbar was on bail that had been granted at a garda station and there was consent for him being sent forward on the same bail terms.

Applying for free legal aid to be extended for the Circuit Court proceedings, defence solicitor Tony Collier said there had been no change in Mr Dunbar's financial circumstances since his last court date.

Judge Bryan Smyth granted legal aid to cover both a solicitor and one barrister in the circuit court.

Alibi

He then gave the accused the formal warning that he must provide the prosecution with details of any alibi he intends to rely on in the course of his trial within 14 days.

The judge asked Mr Dunbar if he understood this.

"Yes," the accused replied to the court.

The judge then sent him forward for trial.

Mr Dunbar has not yet entered a plea to the charge and left court after signing his new bail bond.

He will appear at the Circuit Court on a date later this month.