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Man denies holiday park sex with child

A YOUNG man accused of repeatedly engaging in sex acts with a child at a holiday park, hotels and addresses in two counties has been sent forward for trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court.

The 29-year-old is facing 12 counts of sexual offences against the same young girl over a 15-month period.

The man, who cannot be identified by order of the court, has been ordered to stay away from the child and to have no contact with her.

The defendant is charged with engaging in sexual acts with the girl at a south Dublin car park five times and three times at a south Dublin hotel.

Further single counts relate to his own address in the midlands, in south Dublin and the south east.

Tallaght District Court heard that the book of evidence was ready to be served on the accused. The State Solicitor told the court that the man was to be sent forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on charges one to 12 in the book of evidence.

He was remanded on bail in his own bond of €500.

The defendant was also ordered not to have any contact, either direct or indirectly, with the alleged victim, her family home or any members of her family.



Alibis

Judge James McDonnell gave the man the alibi caution, saying he had 14 days to provide to the State details of any alibis he proposes to call in his defence.

Judge McDonnell assigned solicitor John O'Leary and one junior counsel on free legal aid.

Mr O'Leary asked for a senior counsel to represent his client, but the judge said he could make that application in the Circuit Court.

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