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Patient sex assault: man for trial

A man has been committed for trial accused of twice sexually molesting a pensioner hospital patient.

Appearing in the dock of Newtownards Magistrates Court handcuffed to a prison guard, 58-year-old David Hull told the court he was not objecting to the preliminary enquiry, but he did not wish to give evidence himself nor call evidence on his behalf.

A prosecuting lawyer said that there was a prima facie case against the accused.

As there were no contrary submissions from his solicitor, district judge Mark Hammill committed Hull for trial at Downpatrick Crown Court in the New Year.

Hull, who has an address on Marin Street in Carrowdore, faces two charges of sexually assaulting a 65-year-old woman on September 2 this year while the pensioner was an inpatient at the Ulster Hospital.

Hull did not ask for bail yesterday so Judge Hammill remanded him into custody to appear in the Crown Court next month.

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