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Dublin teen accused of rape and sexual assault

Crime DeskBy Tom Tuite
Dublin teen accused of rape and sexual assault

A 16-year-old Dublin boy has been sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court charged with repeatedly raping and assaulting a young girl.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at the Dublin Children's Court where he was served with a book of evidence. 

Judge John O'Connor warned him that if he intended to use an alibi in his defence he must notify the prosecution. He said the teenager, who remains on bail, was being returned for trial to appear on a later date during the current term of the Central Criminal Court.

The boy faces two counts of raping a named female, who is in her mid-teens, at a location in north Co Dublin on a date in July last year. It is also alleged he raped the girl, sexually assaulted her and assaulted her causing harm, at a second location, a shopping centre, in the same vicinity on the same day.

The boy was aged 15 at the time. The DPP had directed he must face trial on indictment at the Central Criminal Court. The defence could not make submissions pleading for the case to be kept in the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.

Earlier, Det Sergeant Kieran Devine said the boy made no reply when the charges were put to him. 

The boy, who was accompanied to the hearing by his mother, has been told he must obey a 10pm-8am curfew, stay away from two locations, and have no contact with the complainant or her family.

He was also told he has to sign on three times a week at his local garda station. Breaching the conditions could result in him being remanded in custody pending his trial.

Judge O'Connor acceded to a request from defence solicitor Gareth Noble for legal aid to be granted which would allow for senior counsel representation for the boy due to the seriousness of the case.