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East Belfast man sent for trial charged with subjecting schoolgirl to sex assaults

By Alan Erwin

Published 13/08/2015

The accused was released on bail.
The accused was released on bail.

An east Belfast man has been sent for trial charged with subjecting a schoolgirl to a series of sex assaults.

The 37-year-old man is also accused of indecently assaulting another female in the city.

He is not being named to ensure the alleged victims are not identified.

Appearing before Belfast Magistrates' Court today for the preliminary enquiry, the man faced a total of 11 charges.

They included 10 counts of sexually touching a child under the age of 13 on dates during 2011-2012.

The other charge involves claims he indecently assaulted a female back in 2000.

The defendant spoke to confirm he understood the alleged offences, but declined to give evidence or call witnesses at this stage.

His lawyer did not contest prosecution submissions that he has a prima facie case to answer.

District Judge George Conner agreed to return the accused for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

The man was released on £500 bail until those proceedings get underway.

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