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Man to be tried over sex assault on four young girls in a crèche

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A man has gone on trial accused of sexually assaulting four young girls in a crèche.

The 29-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court charged with 23 counts of sexually assaulting the children on dates between February 2015 and December 2016.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

The offences allegedly took place in various locations within the Leinster-based crèche as well as on a bus owned by the crèche, the court heard. The trial is expected to run for three weeks.

Judge Pauline Codd told the jury of seven men and five women they must not disclose anything about the identity of the parties involved in the case outside of court.

She warned them against seeking out any information about the case on the internet or elsewhere as it could be misleading, inaccurate or "downright false".

"If you were to do so it would be contempt of court and it would cause the entire trial to collapse," Judge Codd said.

She also urged them not to be influenced by any media reporting of the case, saying that is only "one version of events".

The jury was told there were legal issues to be dealt with and they would return to court tomorrow when the trial was expected to open.

In relation to the first child, the man pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of sexual assault.

In relation to the second child, he pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sexual assault.

He pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexually assaulting the third child, and not guilty to two counts of sexually assaulting the fourth child.

Irish Independent