51-year-old man allegedly touched 12-year-old girl inappropriately on her breast area

Two men appeared before last week’s district court in separate cases of alleged sexual offences.

Two men appeared before last week’s district court in separate cases of alleged sexual offences.

A 51-year-old Laois man was charged with sexual assault, at a location in the county on May 1, 2011.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that between May 1 and September 1 that year, the injured party, a 12-year-old girl, entered his house.

The inspector said that she was getting alcohol and cigarettes from the man, who was 48 at the time, and that on one occasion it was alleged he inappropriately touched her breast area.

Judge Catherine Staines refused jurisdiction in the case, and put the matter back to April 9 for the serving of a book of evidence.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said there were certain psychiatric issues with his client.

In a separate case, a 34-year-old Dublin man was last week charged with one count of rape, at a public place in Laois on January 1, 2013.

The man is on station bail, and Inspector Aidan Farrelly said that a bail condition is that he must have no contact with the injured party.

The matter has gone back to April 9 for the serving of a book of evidence.

Legal aid was assigned to solicitor, Ms Anne Manning.