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Thursday 17 April 2014

ALLEGED OFFENCES DATE FROM 2011

to have committed the offences at a location within the Cork county area in early 2011.

The man spoke in court only to confirm his identity.

State solicitor Mr Frank Nyhan told last Friday's sitting of the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions had requested trial by indictment before a judge and jury at the circuit criminal court. He requested that the matters be adjourned to the February 22 sitting of the court for service of the book of evidence.

Solicitor Jerry Healy applied for legal aid for the defendant, pointing out that he did qualify financially.

Mr Nyhan agreed that the application was "appropriate" in this case.

Mr Healy said that, given the nature of the charges, he was also obliged to make an application for certain reporting restrictions that the court might wish to apply.

Mr Nyhan said the statutory position was that nothing should be reported that would identify either the accused or the complainant.

Describing the matter as a "sensitive issue", Judge Brian Sheridan agreed to impose reporting restrictions before adjourning the case for four weeks to allow for the preparation of the book of evidence.

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