A CHINESE woman faces trial for sexually assaulting two 12-year-old girls in a cinema.
Yan Yuet Ching allegedly asked the girls if she could take their photographs. They refused but she allegedly took their photographs anyway, told them they were beautiful and touched their legs while touching herself.
Ms Ching (42), of Killery Terrace, Bray, Co Wicklow, has been in custody since the date of the alleged incident on October 9. She denies four counts of sexual assault at the IMC Cinema, The Square, Tallaght.
Garda Aine McCarville said: "She allegedly told them that they were beautiful and asked if she could take their photographs. The girls said no.
"She took their photographs and then allegedly touched each girl on the leg while she touched herself through her clothes. She told each girl they were beautiful. She touched one of the injured parties on the face.
"The two girls went to leave the cinema and she allegedly pulled one of the girls by the hair and tried to get her to come back. The two girls went to the cinema staff who then called the gardai."
Kevin Tunney, defending, put it to Gda McCarville that "it is not the most serious of assaults".
He added: "The serious aspect of it is that she was allegedly touching herself."
Gda McCarville earlier told Judge Anthony Halpin that she charged the accused at Tallaght District Court with two offences.
She said Ms Ching replied to the first charge: "I came here. I didn't know anything. I only asked her where to sit. I showed her my ticket. I didn't touch her or sexually assault her."
Gda McCarville said Ms Ching said "much the same" to the first charge.
Ms Ching was remanded in custody to appear before Tallaght Court on December 5.