Wednesday 7 December 2016

House guest (43) faces trial for sex assault on nine-year-old girl

Published 23/07/2016 | 17:57

A HOUSE guest accused of forcibly kissing a nine-year-old girl and putting his hands down her trousers has been sent for trial.

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The 43-year-old is also alleged to have gone into the child's bedroom and stroked her leg.

He appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with sexually assaulting the girl in her home on four dates between August 2009 and December 2010.

Sgt Mary Doherty said the girl was in bed when the accused went into her room, lifted the sheets and stroked her leg.

On another occasion, it is alleged that he forcibly tried to kiss her and put his tongue in her month. On a third date, he again tried to forcibly kiss the girl.

On the final occasion, on Christmas Eve 2010, Sgt Doherty said the accused grabbed the girl by the waist and tried to put his hand down her trousers.

This allegedly took place in front of the girl's mother.

Judge David McHugh previously refused jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level.

A solicitor said the book of evidence had been served and the accused goes forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Herald

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