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Friday 18 January 2019

Lusk sex assault accused is bailed

Nicola Donnelly

A man charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl has been remanded on continuing bail to appear before a court again next year.

The 49-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is alleged to have kissed the teenage girl who did not wish to be kissed, Balbriggan District Court heard.

He is charged with sexually assaulting the teenager at Tesco on Whitestown Road in Lusk on April 15.

Garda Lucy Woods told the court she arrested the accused on November 28 by appointment and charged him.

She said he made no reply after charge.

Gda Woods said the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed summary disposal of the case which means it can stay at district court level, where if convicted, the penalties are less than those imposed at Circuit Court leve.

Outlining the alleged facts of the case Gda Woods said it is alleged that at 12.30am the accused kissed the teenager who did not wish to be kissed.

On hearing an outline of the alleged facts Judge Paula Murphy accepted jurisdiction to have it heard at district court level.

Defence barrister Annette Kealy was granted a disclosure order, to include CCTV footage.

At the recent hearing in Balbriggan District Court Judge Murphy imposed some reporting restrictions on the case and adjourned the proceedings until January 3.

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