Darren Martyn, aged 24, from Cloonebeggin, Claregalway, Co Galway, but currently living in Birmingham in England, appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday to be served with a book of evidence.
Judge Dermot Dempsey granted the DPP’s request for Mr Martyn to be returned for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he will face his next hearing on January 13.
The accused, who studied biopharmaceutical chemistry at NUI Galway, was originally arrested by appointment in Dublin in October. Gardaí charged him with criminal damage.
He is accused of unlawfully damaging the sun.co.uk website on July 18, 2011.
There was no objection to bail in his own bond of €500 with conditions.
Judge Dempsey also warned him that he can have no contact with any witness in the case.
Mr Martyn has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charges and is the second person to come before the courts accused of hacking The Sun’s main website on July 18, 2011.