Teenage boy accused of sexually assaulting five females over three weeks

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Teenage boy accused of sexually assaulting five females over three weeks

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has been charged and appeared in court in Dublin accused of sexually assaulting five females over a three-week period.

The teenager is accused of five counts of sexual assault from January 20th until February 5th last at three locations, which are all close to each other, in north Co Dublin.

The schoolboy was arrested by appointment and was brought before Judge John O'Connor at the Dublin Children's Court.

The boy, who was accompanied to court by his parents and his solicitor, was aged 14 at the time of the alleged assaults, however, the ages of the five alleged injured parties were not stated during the proceedings. The court has not yet heard details of allegations.

The teen, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, made no reply to the charges, the judge was told.

There was no objection to bail with a condition that the teenager must stay away from the complainants. The boy, who did not address the court, was ordered to appear again on a date in November.  

Directions from the DPP need to be obtained and a decision has yet to be made as to whether the case will stay in the juvenile court or instead be sent forward to the circuit court which can impose lengthier sentences.

The Children's Court can accept jurisdiction for cases involving serious allegations by taking into consideration the age of a defendant as well as submissions and evidence about their level of maturity