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OAP is facing trial for rape of a boy

A pensioner has been sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court on charges of indecently assaulting and raping a young boy at his home in west Dublin over a ten-year period.

The man, who is in his late 60s, is facing a total of 41 counts of indecently assaulting, sexually assaulting and raping a male at his home between January 1982 and December 1992.

He cannot be identified by order of the court.

Detective Garda Patrick Traynor told Blanchardstown District Court that he arrested the man at his home shortly before 7pm on December 26, 2009.

The accused was taken to Cabra Garda Station where he was charged by Sergeant Aidan Flanagan.

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Garda Traynor said the elderly man was cautioned and handed a true copy of the charge sheets.

In response to 40 of the offences he replied "not guilty".

His reply to one of the charges was: "He was never in my house. Well, he was in my house with his father, that I can remember, but I'm not guilty to the charge of molesting him."

The accused is facing over 35 counts of indecently assaulting a young boy, contrary to Common Law, between January 1, 1982 and December 31, 1992.

He is also accused of raping the male and a number of counts of sexually assaulting him during the same period.

The court heard that the DPP had directed trial on indictment in relation to the charges, and the book of evidence was ready to be served.

The State Solicitor said the man was to be sent forward for trial to the present sittings of the Central Criminal Court on the 41 charges contained in the book of evidence.

The accused was remanded on bail in his own bond of €300.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell assigned legal aid to solicitor Mairead White.

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