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Man sexually abused four girls 23 times in a creche and on bus, court is told

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Trial will run for three weeks

Trial will run for three weeks

Trial will run for three weeks

A man has gone on trial accused of sexually assaulting four girls in a Leinster creche.

The 29-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday charged with 23 counts of sexually assaulting the girls - all children - on dates between February 2015 and December 2016.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

The offences allegedly took place in various locations within the creche, as well as on a bus owned by the creche, the court heard yesterday.

The trial is expected to run for three weeks.

Judge Pauline Codd told the jury of seven men and five women that they must not disclose anything about the identity of the parties involved in the case outside of court.

Contempt

She warned them against seeking out any information about the case on the internet, or elsewhere, as it could be misleading, inaccurate or "downright false".

"If you were to do so it would be contempt of court and it would cause the entire trial to collapse," Judge Codd said.

She also urged them not to be influenced by any media reporting of the case, saying that is only "one version of events".

The jury was told there are legal issues to be dealt with today. They will return to court tomorrow, when the trial is expected to open.

In relation to the first child, the man pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of sexual assault.

Clothes

In relation to the second child, he pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sexually assaulting her.

He pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexually assaulting the third child by touching her private parts through her clothes.

He further pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexually assaulting the fourth child by touching her private parts through her clothes.