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Saturday 17 November 2018

Man (45) accused of sex assaults on relative

'The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with 10 counts of sexually assaulting a young female on dates between May 2011 and December 2014' (stock photo)
'The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with 10 counts of sexually assaulting a young female on dates between May 2011 and December 2014' (stock photo)

A Dublin man accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a young female relative is facing trial on the charges.

The 45-year-old man is alleged to have sexually assaulted the young girl on 10 occasions over a three-year period.

The assaults are all alleged to have taken place at the same house in west Dublin.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case to a date in February for the service of the book of evidence.

Seriousness

The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with 10 counts of sexually assaulting a young female on dates between May 2011 and December 2014.

A State solicitor said that the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed trial on indictment in the circuit court due to the seriousness of the charges.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said that the accused was unemployed and on social welfare. Judge McHugh assigned Mr O'Doherty on free legal aid.

Mr O'Doherty also requested that the usual reporting restrictions be imposed.

The accused has not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

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