Belfast Telegraph

Sex case man Damien Crawford denied anonymity

A District Judge has refused to grant an anonymity application by a solicitor whose client appeared at the Magistrates Court in Londonderry charged with sex offences.

The defendant, Damien Crawford (41), from Carnhill, is charged with intentionally touching a woman in a sexual manner on December 4.

He's further charged on the same date with assaulting the woman and with entering her home as a trespasser with the intention of committing a sexual offence.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott's application for anonymity for his client was refused by District Judge Barney McElholm who said "the principle of open justice must apply".

The defendant was released on continuing police bail until he appears in court again on January 9.

As part of his bail conditions the defendant was ordered not to contact the complainant and not to enter the housing estate where she lives.

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