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Man charged with having sex with underage girl when he was a minor

Man charged with having sex with underage girl when he was a minor

A man has been sent forward for trial accused of unlawfully having sex with an under-age girl in the grounds of a college in Dublin.

The 19-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at the Dublin Children's Court on Tuesday.

He had been charged earlier with unlawfully having oral sex and sexual intercourse with a child under the age 15 on a date in March 2015.

He has not yet indicated how he will plead and despite being an adult he appeared at the Children's Court because he was a minor at the time of the alleged offence.

The DPP had directed trial on indictment and he was served with a book of evidence as Judge John O’Connor ordered that he was being returned for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he will face his next hearing on April 28.

The teenager confirmed he understood that he could not have any contact with the girl and that he must abide by his bail terms. He must notify the prosecution if he intends to use an an alibi in his defence.

Earlier, Garda Niamh Coates told Judge O'Connor that the youth's reply to the charge was “no comment”.

The defence has also said at his previous hearing that arguments will be made as regards to the delay in bringing the case. Judge O'Connor has said that issue could be dealt with later by the trial judge.

There was no objection to bail subject to the youth obeying a number of conditions.

The unemployed teen was ordered to reside at an address in north Dublin, to have a mobile phone full charged and in credit at all times to maintain contact with gardai, to sign on once a week at his local garda station and to have no contact directly or indirectly with the complainant.

Legal aid was granted to include representation of senior counsel.