Polish man living in Tyrone to stand trial for sex attack on child and woman

Dungannon Courthouse TT0509-JS112
Dungannon Courthouse TT0509-JS112

A Polish man accused of raping a child and indecently assaulting an adult female is to have his case heard at trial.

The man who had an address in Co. Tyrone cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged victims has been remanded in custody at Maghaberry Prison since his arrest last March.

He is accused of various serious sexual offences against the child – who is aged under 13 - since 2011, culminating in rape on a date between January and March this year.

In charges related to a separate set of offences which allegedly occurred in Derry, but which have been linked to the current matters, he is further accused of four counts of indecently assaulting the adult female on dates between 2007 and 2008.

During a video-link hearing at East Tyrone Magistrates Court a prosecution lawyer said the case is on track for committal proceedings.

District Judge John Meehan ruled a preliminary enquiry is to take place on a date to be fixed next month, when it is expected the accused will be returned to crown court for trial.

He remains in custody after a previous application for bail was rejected.