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Sex-accused sacks his team

A DUBLIN man on trial for the sexual assault of a child has sacked his legal team in the closing stages of the case.

Pleas of not guilty were entered by the court on behalf of the 64-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on all 14 counts after he refused to indicate whether he would plead guilty or not guilty.

The charges included two of sexual assault and 12 of defilement of a child in both Kildare and Dublin on dates between August 1, 2008, and January 6, 2009.

At the start of the 11th day of the trial the accused said: "I am dispensing with my legal team. I will continue on my own."

The trial continues.