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Man to face 1980s sex attacks trial

A Belfast man is to stand trial accused of sexually assaulting a schoolgirl more than 30 years ago, a judge ruled.

Joseph Hughes has been charged with alleged offences committed in the city on dates between 1980 and 1985.

The 57-year-old, of Cliftonville Avenue, faces five separate counts of indecent assault on a female child.

He appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court yesterday for preliminary enquiry proceedings.

Prosecution representatives argued that a prima facie case has been established against him.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted their application to have Hughes returned for Crown Court trial on a date to be fixed.

The accused was released on continuing bail of £500 until those proceedings get under way.

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