29-year-old charged with defilement

A 29-year-old man appeared at last week’s sitting of the Portlaoise District Court, charged with five counts of the defilement of a child under 17 years of age.

A 29-year-old man appeared at last week’s sitting of the Portlaoise District Court, charged with five counts of the defilement of a child under 17 years of age.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with committing the offences in Mountrath on dates in March of this year.

At last week’s court, a book of evidence was served on the man, with the Director of Public Prosecutions directing he be returned for trial at the Portlaoise Circuit Court on November 25.

Defence is solicitor Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick, with one junior counsel and one senior counsel appointed.

The man, currently residing at an address in Kildare, was released on bail with €1,000 lodged in the court, and an independent surety of €1,500.

Bail conditions are that he must provide the gardaí with a mobile telephone number, he must not apply for a passport or travel documents, he must not leave the jurisdiction, and he must sign on at the garda station three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

The man is also charged with using a false instrument during the same period as the alleged defilement offences.

This is a summary matter and will be dealt with in the district court. The matter was put back to December 18, to await the completion of the circuit court trial.