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Man accused of four counts of sexual assaults on two children to face Crown Court

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A man who stands accused of fours counts of sexual assault of a child will face Crown Court proceedings in the New Year.

It was heard that the 38-year-old is alleged to have committed these offences on two different children under the age of 13 between November, of 2018, and March, of this year.

The defendant, with an address in Portadown, appeared facing four counts of sexual assault of a child at Craigavon Magistrates’ on Friday.

As the charges were read, it was heard the offences were alleged to have occurred between November, of 2018, and March, of this year, with the relating to two children under the age of 13.

Appearing in the body of the court,  the defendant made no objection to the holding of a preliminary enquiry.

Prosecution submitted that based on the papers before the court there was a prima facie case to answer.

Defence solicitor Conor Downey made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Amanda Brady,  satisfied there was a prima facie case to answer, released the defendant on continuing bail to appear before Craigavon Crown Court on January 15 for arraignment.

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