51-year-old man charged with rape and sexual assault of child over eight years

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A 51-year-old man has been charged with the rape and sexual assault of a young girl over an eight-year period.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged victim, was charged at yesterday's (Thursday, February 15) sitting of Portlaoise District Court with 75 charges, including rape, attempted rape, sexual assault, and assault causing harm.

The alleged offences span dates from January, 2010, to December, 2017, covering locations in Laois and Dublin.

The alleged injured party is currently aged 15.

The accused was remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison, to appear back before Portlaoise District Court on March 15 next for the serving of a book of evidence.

The matter will then be sent to the Central Criminal Court.