Belfast Telegraph

Child grooming: man faces trial

A man is to stand trial accused of meeting a child he had allegedly groomed for sex, a judge has ruled.

David Osborne (40) is also alleged to have possessed and incited someone else to take an indecent photograph of a child.

He faces a total of eight charges allegedly committed in Belfast on dates during 2008 and 2009.

During a preliminary enquiry hearing, Osborne, of Joanmount Park in the city, declined to say anything or call witnesses.

He is accused of travelling to meet a child aged under 17, whom he had previously contacted at least twice.

Osborne is also alleged to have attempted to meet the child on two other occasions.

He faces three counts of possession of an indecent photograph of a child and two counts of inciting another person to take indecent pictures.

Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer QC granted a prosecution application to have Osborne returned for Crown Court trial.

The accused was released on continuing bail.

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