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Thursday 17 April 2014

Teen in court over alleged sex attacks on two girls

A DUBLIN youth is to stand trial accused of sexually assaulting two teenage girls.

The now 18-year-old appeared at the Dublin Children's Court in connection with offences allegedly committed by him when he was a minor.

He is accused of sexually assaulting two females at the same location in Dublin on a date in 2012. He also faces connected charges for assaulting them causing harm and producing a cider can as a weapon during the course of a sexual assault.

The youth replied “no” when he was charged with the offences, Judge John O'Connor was told.

The DPP has directed trial on indictment meaning his case is to be heard in the Circuit Court, which has tougher sentencing powers.

The 18-year-old, who was accompanied to his hearing by his parents, was remanded on bail and will appear again in March when he is to be served with a book of evidence.

His counsel Kate O'Toole also told Judge O'Connor that the defence intend to raise the issue of delay in the bringing the case.

Cases against minors involving serious allegations can be retained in the jurisdiction of the juvenile court where penalties are less severe. This follows lengthy submissions from the defence and by presiding judge taking into consideration the age of the accused as well as evidence of their level of maturity and any other relevant factors.

However, this will not apply in the youth's case because he had turned 18, by the time he was charged with the offences.

Legal aid was granted and there was no objection to him remaining on bail.

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