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Man (75) charged with abuse in 1960s

AN elderly man has appeared in court charged with indecently assaulting a boy in north Dublin more than 50 years ago.

The accused (75) was granted bail after he was arrested and brought before Dublin District Court.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell adjourned the case against him for the accused to consider how he intends to plead to the charge.

The defendant, with an address in north Dublin, is charged with one count of indecently assaulting a boy at an unknown location in the north of the city.

The offence is alleged to have happened in the early 1960s.

Detective Sergeant Liam Donoghue told the court he arrested the defendant at 2.55pm and brought him to Raheny Garda Station, where he made no reply when charged after caution.

He said the DPP was directing summary disposal of the case at District Court level on a guilty plea only.

Defence Solicitor Dara Robinson sought disclosure of prosecution documents and asked for reporting restrictions to apply.

The judge agreed and granted bail in the defendant's own bond of €250, with no cash lodgement required.

The case was adjourned to a date in March.