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Man (19) due in court charged in connection with sex assault of two girls in Sligo

He spent Monday night being questioned in relation to the incident

Garda car parked outside St Mary's GAA grounds at Ballydoogan, Sligo. Pic: Donal Hackett.

Neasa Cumiskey and Ken Foy

A teenager is due to appear in court charged in relation to the “extremely serious” sexual assaults on two teenage girls in Sligo town on January 22.

The 19-year-old is due to appear before a special sitting of Sligo District Court at 7pm this evening, Tuesday.

He spent Monday night being questioned in relation to the incident.

It is understood the suspect left the country after the alleged assault but was aware he was wanted by gardaí.

Another man, who is aged in his 20s and is well known to the arrested man, is also wanted for questioning by gardaí.

It is understood the suspect aged in his 20s is now in the UK.

On the weekend of the assaults, St Mary’s GAA club in Ballydoogan and a house in the Maugheraboy area were sealed off as potential crime scenes following the complaint by the two alleged victims.

The local area was also canvassed for CCTV footage.

The two girls, aged in their mid-teens, reported they were seriously sexually assaulted some time between 8pm and 10pm.

They were out socialising earlier that day before being assaulted.

Suspects were identified within days but they could not be located by gardaí.

Detectives from the Divisional Protective Services Unit, which specialises in dealing with child victims, are helping with the investigation.

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