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Accused Ahmed Yagoub

Accused Ahmed Yagoub

Accused Ahmed Yagoub

The case against a man accused of sexually assaulting a young woman and exposing himself to girls in a Dublin park could be struck out if progress is not made by the prosecution in the next two weeks.

Ahmed Yagoub (56) is accused of following two 16-year-olds and performing a sex act on himself in one incident before going on to assault a 19-year-old at the same location later.

Judge Flann Brennan granted an adjournment at Dublin District Court, with a two-week deadline for the directions of the DPP to be given.

Mr Yagoub, an Argentinian national of The Crescent, Millbrook Lawns, Tallaght, is charged with sexual assault and offensive conduct of a sexual nature at a Dublin park, on June 26 and July 11.

He had been granted bail last month pending the directions of the DPP in the case, but when he came back before Dublin District Court last week, a garda said the directions of the DPP were not available.

Defence barrister John Griffin said the accused had already spent a number of days in custody before being granted bail.

The judge granted an adjournment for two weeks, but made it peremptory against the State, saying the DPP's directions should be given by the next date.

At a bail hearing last month, the court heard Mr Yagoub replied "I didn't do it" when charged. In that hearing, Sgt Fiona Clifford said in the first incident, two 16-year-olds were in a shop near the park when they saw the accused.

A witness said she could see the man from behind in the park and believed him to be masturbating, the sergeant said. The two girls then turned around and it was alleged they also saw him masturbating.

Bushes

The court heard the accused told gardaĆ­ he was in the park but offered the possible scenario that he may have been urinating.

In another incident, two friends, aged 19 and 17, were socialising in the park and went to the toilet in bushes, Sgt Clifford said.

The 19-year-old noticed the man behind her, pulled up her trousers and he grabbed her by the buttocks, pinched her between her legs over her clothes, the garda alleged.

She jumped up, the friends saw the man had his genitals exposed and started screaming.

The suspect ran, Sgt Clifford said. Mr Yagoub said he was at the scene and saw the two girls but denied any sexual offence, the court heard.