Trial for two youths accused of abusing girl, 14

Two youths, who have been accused of repeatedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her, have been sent forward for trial.

Trial for two youths accused of abusing girl, 14

Two youths, who have been accused of repeatedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her, have been sent forward for trial.

It is alleged the girl was abused by six youths, whose ages range from 17 to 19, on four dates in March and February 2010, at three locations in Co. Kildare.

Two of them, both aged 17, who were initially charged in October, appeared again at the Dublin Children's Court today.

The pair, who were accompanied by their mothers, were served with books of evidence by Garda Paul Carney.

Judge Bryan Smyth then made an order sending them forward for trial on indictment at the next term of Naas Circuit Court, in June. He told them that if they intended to rely on alibis in their defence, they must notify the prosecution within 14 days.

Legal aid was granted to the teens for their trial.

As conditions of bail, the boys, who have already surrendered their passports, were ordered not to apply for any new travel documents; they must sign on once a week at a garda station and have “no contact directly or indirectly with the alleged injured party or members of her family”.

Earlier it had been held that their case was too serious to be heard in the Children's Court and should be dealt with in a Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.

One of them faces four counts of sexual assault of the girl on three dates in 2010 and four allegations that he had sex with the under-age complainant. He has claimed he had not known the girl's true age at the time and thought she was older, the court has heard.

The second boy is accused of four counts of sexual assault as well as two counts of having sex with the under-age girl at his home address and at another location on two dates in March 2010.

Last week, four men also accused of abusing the girl were also returned for trial.

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