Man (55) to face trial on 53 counts of sexually abusing two boys in Dublin
A 55-year-old man has been sent forward for trial on 53 counts of sexually abusing two boys in Dublin.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared again before Judge Brian O’Shea at Dublin District Court following an adjournment to allow time for a book of evidence to be prepared.
The Director of Public Prosecutions had directed that he must face trial in indictment, meaning a trial in a higher court which can impose lengthier sentences.
Judge O’Shea made an order sending him forward for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he will face his next hearing in March.
Earlier Garda Brian Amerlynck told the district court the man was charged at a south Dublin garda station on a date in December. Garda Amerlynck said the accused was cautioned and had no reply when each charge was put to him.
He faces 53 charges including multiple counts of gross indecency and sexual assault of two boys at an address in south Dublin on dates between 2001 and 2004 and 2008 and 2010.
There was no objection to bail subject to him complying with numerous conditions.
The bail terms were set and stated he cannot have any contact with witnesses, he had to surrender his passport, continue to reside at an address provided to the court and sign-on once a week at his local Garda station.
He has not yet indicated how he will plead.
Judge O’Shea said in this case reporting restrictions applied and nothing could be published that identified the accused or the complainants.