Man abused boys while he was teenager, court hears
A Belfast man is to stand trial on charges of inciting 10 schoolboys into sexual activity, a judge has ruled.
The 20-year-old is alleged to have targeted other youths while he was still a teenager himself. He faces a total of 25 counts of incitement spanning a nine-month period during 2011 and 2012.
Further charges of making and distributing indecent photographs of children and having extreme pornographic images have also been brought against him.
The accused was granted anonymity as he appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court for a preliminary enquiry hearing yesterday. His lawyers cited human rights arguments centred on fears his life could be in danger if he is identified.
District Judge Neil Rafferty backed a prosecution application that the accused has a prima facie case to answer.
No defence witnesses were called or evidence given.
Mr Rafferty returned him for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed. Granting an application to certify for two barristers to represent the accused, he confirmed anonymity will remain in place until further order.