A Judge said a case where a 53-year-old man is accused of sexually assaulting a then eight year-old girl was not one for the District Court.
Judge Conal Gibbons remarked it was “much too serious” to be dealt before him. The brief hearing was in private and the names of the parties involved can not be reported.
The charge came before the April sitting of a local Court and a decision was deferred by Judge Patrick McMahon on jurisdiction. He requested a parent to attend the May sitting to outline how the accused was affected and for the accused to elect what way he is to plead.
The accused is alleged to have committed the offence on January 1st last year.
Judge Gibbons read a statement on the incident and declined jurisdiction. He referred the matter back to the Director of Public Prosecutions for her consent to send forward the case to the Circuit Court and the preparation of a book of evidence. He said however that the book of evidence could be got ready for the next day.
He put the case back to July 8th for the directions of the DPP and remanded the accused on continuing bail. He granted him a legal aid certificate for barrister Irene Sands who represented him.