A PENSIONER was granted bail after he appeared in court charged with sexually assaulting a young boy over an 15 month period.
Michael O’Brien, aged 73, of High Meadows, Gouldavoher, Dooradoyle is accused of committing the offences at an address in Limerick city on dates between January 1, 2006 and March 31, 2007.
At Limerick Court, Garda Cormac Flanagan said the accused man made no reply to any of the charges when they were formally put to him on Monday morning.
Mr O’Brien is charged with nine counts of “engaging in a sexual act” with a child aged under 15 and with six counts of sexual assault.
Limerick Court was told all of the charges relate to the same alleged injured party.
Sgt Donal Cronin said the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment and he requested an adjournment of the case to facilitate the preparation of the book of evidence.
There was no objection to bail on condition Mr O’Brien signs on three days a week at Roxboro Road garda station and does not have any contact with the alleged injured party.
Noting that the alleged injured party is not related to the defendant, Judge Eugene O’Kelly refused an application - made by solicitor Darach McCarthy - for reporting restrictions preventing the identification of his client in the media.