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Man loses bid to stop sex trial

THE trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting four young girls in the 1990s can go ahead, the High Court ruled.

The man sought an order prohibiting his trial on the grounds that there had been a culpable delay on the part of the State in prosecuting him for the alleged offences.

The man, who lived in the US for a number of years, was not charged with the offences until late last year.

Dismissing the application to halt the trial, Mr Justice Gerard Hogan said that this was not a case where witnesses have died or where memories have dimmed.