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Sex-trial judge to rule on suspect ID

A JUDGE is to decide whether the Press can name a young man accused of repeatedly engaging in sex acts with a child at a holiday park, hotels and addresses in two counties.

The 29-year-old is facing 12 counts of sexual offences against the same child over a 15-month period. Both the defence and the State are seeking an anonymity order preventing his identification.


Judge James McDonnell adjourned the case for a week at Tallaght District Court for continued legal argument. The accused is to be tried for the offences in Dublin District Court but a book of evidence against him was withdrawn until the issue of identification is clarified.

The defendant is charged with engaging in sexual acts with the child 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.