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Northern Ireland dentist to go on trial over multiple sexual assault charges

A County Tyrone dentist is to go on trial in relation to multiple sexual assault charges, after pleading not guilty to all.

Appearing in the dock of Dungannon Crown Court was Eamonn Patrick Edward McCann (57) of Dublin Road, Omagh.

He is accused of sexually assaulting a female on six occasions between 31 August and 1 October 2015

Wearing a navy suit, white shirt and blue tie, McCann spoke calmly and clearly when indicating his denial of all matters – a position he has maintained from the outset of proceedings.

He was accompanied to court by his wife who was seated in the public gallery throughout the short hearing.

A defence barrister described the case as “relatively straightforward” and estimated it would last three to four days.

His Honour Judge Stephen Fowler QC set the trial for hearing on 11 September.

McCann was remanded on continuing bail of £200.

The General Dental Council (GDC) show McCann is ‘Registered with Conditions’ which include notification of any post he accepts in which registration is required, and he must not work as a locum or undertake any out-of-hours work or on-call duties without the prior agreement of the GDC.

In addition at any time he is providing dental services, which require him to be registered with the GDC, he must agree to the appointment of a reporter nominated by himself and approved by the GDC, and he must allow the GDC approved reporter to give reports to the GDC in relation to his practice.

Four of the 12 conditions are marked, ‘Private’.

At a GDC review hearing on 7 April 2017 the Interim Orders Committee varied and continued McCann’s conditions, originally imposed on 20 November 2015, for the remainder of the 18 months order.

This is to be reviewed again on 19 May 2017.

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