Belfast man to stand trial for schoolgirl sexual assaults and threatening to kill
A north Belfast man has been ordered to stand trial accused of threatening to kill and repeated sexual assaults on a schoolgirl.
The 23-year-old defendant appeared before the city's magistrates' court on Friday to face a total of 19 charges.
He is not being named to ensure the alleged victim's identity is protected.
The man faces 15 counts of sexual touching involving penetration with a child under 16.
Other charges include subjecting her to an assault occasioning actual bodily harm, making a threat to kill her, and common assault.
The alleged offences occurred between September 2014 and November 2105.
During a preliminary enquiry hearing the accused confirmed he understood the charges against him.
His lawyer did not contest prosecution submissions that he has a prima facie case to answer.
The defendant declined to give evidence or call witnesses at this stage.
District Judge Nigel Broderick granted an application to have him returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court.
Mr Broderick remanded him back into custody to appear for his arraignment on a date to be fixed.