Co Antrim man accused of raping a child ordered to stand trial
A Co Antrim man has been ordered to stand trial accused of raping a child and subjecting her to a catalogue of further sexual abuse.
The 46-year-old defendant is alleged to have molested the girl over a five-year period.
He is not being named to ensure her identity is protected.
The accused, who is from the Newtownabbey area, appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Wednesday facing a total of 34 charges.
They included 23 counts of indecent assault and two allegations of raping a child under the age of 13.
He is also charged with unlawful carnal knowledge and causing a child to engage in sexual activity.
The alleged offences cover a period between January 2004 and September 2009.
During a preliminary enquiry hearing prosecutors contended that he has a case to answer.
District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted an application for the accused to be returned for Crown Court trial.
He was released on £500 bail until those proceedings get underway.
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