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Belfast man to stand trial accused of historic child sex offences

A Belfast man is to stand trial accused of committing child sex offences more than 30 years ago, a judge ruled today.

Philip Murphy faces two charges of gross indecency with or towards a schoolgirl, and a further count of inciting her to commit an act.

The 50-year-old, with an address at Victoria Street, Belfast, is also charged with five indecent assaults against the same alleged victim.

All of the alleged offences occurred in the city on dates between March 1977 and March 1978.

Murphy appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on a prosecution summons.

A preliminary enquiry was then held to establish whether he has a case to answer.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall backed prosecution submissions and returned the accused for trial at the Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

Murphy is due to be released again on bail once police approve an address for him to live at.

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