Man ac­cused of lur­ing 12-year-old from Luas stop can be named in six days’ time

Irish Independent - - NEWS - An­drew Phe­lan

A JUDGE ruled that a man ac­cused of lur­ing a 12-year-old boy from a Luas stop to a ho­tel and of­fer­ing him money to touch him can be named – but with a six-day stay on the or­der.

Judge David McHugh made his de­ci­sion af­ter de­fence lawyers sought an or­der pre­vent­ing the me­dia from iden­ti­fy­ing the mar­ried fa­ther of three.

The man (51) is charged with sex­u­ally ex­ploit­ing a child at the Ci­ty­west Ho­tel, Sag­gart, on Oc­to­ber 20, 2016 un­der the Child Traf­fick­ing and Pornog­ra­phy Act, 1998.

He was re­turned for trial on the charge at Blan­chard­stown Dis­trict Court. Yes­ter­day, his so­lic­i­tor John O’Do­herty asked the judge to clar­ify what re­port­ing re­stric­tions ap­plied.

The judge said the man could be named as long as the al­leged vic­tim was not iden­ti­fied. The man is on bail pend­ing his trial and has not yet in­di­cated how he in­tends to plead.

Judge McHugh said as long as the boy was not iden­ti­fied, he had “no dif­fi­culty” with iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the ac­cused.

Mr O’Do­herty said he was seek­ing re­port­ing re­stric­tions on the nam­ing of his client, ar­gu­ing his right to a fair trial would be prej­u­diced. Judge McHugh said he would put a stay on the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the ac­cused un­til Thurs­day, when the case will be in court again.

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