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Man (63) on sex assault charges

A man has been returned for trial to Dundalk circuit criminal court accused of sexual assault and other alleged offences.

A book of evidence was served on the 63-year-old, and the district court heard the DPP has consented to a send forward.

Judge McKiernan made a Section 56 Order before remanding the defendant on similar bail conditions to the current sittings of the circuit court on 4 February.

Legal aid was granted for a solicitor and barrister.

The man is accused of sexually assaulting a female on 10 June, 2017, and three counts of sexually assaulting a male on dates unknown between 1 January, 2017 and 10 June, 2017.

He is further charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a child on dates unknown between 1 January, 2017 and 1 July, 2017.

Before the start of the case which was held in camera, defence solicitor Eleanor Kelly brought it to the court's attention that the partner of the mother of an alleged injured party was present.

Judge McKiernan pointed out the matter was not for hearing that day, rather for the service of a book of evidence.

She added it was not appropriate the man in question be present.

He then left the courtroom.

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