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Co Armagh boy sexually assaulted schoolgirl, court is told

A 12-year-old boy sexually assaulted a schoolgirl in an underground car park, it was claimed in the High Court yesterday
A 12-year-old boy sexually assaulted a schoolgirl in an underground car park, it was claimed in the High Court yesterday

By Alan Erwin

A 12-year-old boy sexually assaulted a schoolgirl in an underground car park, it was claimed in the High Court yesterday.

Prosecutors alleged that he touched her repeatedly after asking her for a "one-off" in Portadown, Co Armagh.

The boy, who cannot be identified, is accused of a further confrontation days later which left the 13-year-old too frightened to go back to the town.

He faces charges of sexual assault, intimidation of a witness and common assault over the two alleged incidents in January.

In a separate incident the same month, the defendant allegedly threw a lit cigarette at staff in a children's centre.

A judge was also told he is being investigated over claims of threatening violence to a worker after shouting: "Get f****** dinner." The boy allegedly responded to a challenge by warning: "I will break your f****** jaw in two places."

During a bail application, the prosecution said the schoolgirl claimed he approached her in a car park at the town's High Street Mall.

According to her account, the boy put his hand inside her leggings a number of times, despite being pushed away. Three days later he allegedly approached her again in the town centre and asked why she had been spreading rumours about him.

Amid fears he was going to hit her, the girl phoned her mother and remained in toilets until she was collected, the court was told.

Bail was granted following defence submissions that the boy should be in care rather than custody.

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