Belfast Telegraph

Man for trial on charges of sexually inciting girl

A man who is accused of encouraging a schoolgirl to take explicit photographs of herself has been committed for trial.

Appearing at Newtownards Magistrates Court, Philip Cullen (28) said he was not objecting to the preliminary enquiry but declined to either give evidence himself or call witnesses on his behalf.

Cullen, from High Street in Portaferry, is accused of inciting a child under 16 to be engaged in sexual activity and of encouraging or assisting her to take indecent images of herself on April 8, 2013.

A prosecution lawyer submitted there was a prima facie against Cullen and his solicitor did not make any contrary submissions. A holding charge that he sexually groomed the schoolgirl was withdrawn.

Remanding Cullen back into custody, District Judge Mark Hamill committed him for trial at Downpatrick Crown Court and listed the case for arraignment on April 10.

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