A TEENAGE boy and girl are to stand trial accused of raping another teenage girl in Dublin in 2012.
The boy and girl, who are aged in their mid-teens, have appeared at the Children's Court in Dublin and each face a charge of rape of the same female.
It is alleged that the attack occurred at the boy's home in 2012 and the pair also face charges for sexual assault which allegedly happened on the same date.
The two defendants, who were accompanied to their hearing by family members and lawyers, have not yet indicated how they will plead to the charges.
In most serious cases against minors which involve serious allegations, a juvenile court can – under Section 75 of the Children Act – consider accepting jurisdiction to hear the trial. This follows lengthy submissions by the defence and the court has to take into consideration the age and level of maturity of the defendant as well as any other relevant factors.
However, this will not apply in the teenagers' case, due to the nature of their charges, and Judge John O'Connor was also told that the DPP had directed that the pair are to face trial in the Central Criminal Court.
Bail conditions were set down by the juvenile court and the pair were released while the State prepares books of evidence.
The two were told by the judge that they must not contact the alleged injured party or members of her family directly or electronically. They have to sign on regularly at their local garda station, carry mobile phones and be available at all times to answer them if contacted by gardai.
They have also been told by the judge that they have to obey nightly curfews at their homes.
The boy and girl, whose cases were called separately, were remanded on bail to appear again at the same court next month.
Books of evidence have to be completed and served on the defendants before they can be returned for trial to the Central Criminal Court.
By Tom Tuite