A MAN who is accused of sexually assaulting his former partner’s two young daughters over a four year period was granted bail despite a garda objection.
The 45-year-old, who has an address in the city, is accused of committing the offences at a house in a village in County Limerick on dates between July 1, 2009 and February 28, 2013.
He faces a total of 30 sample charges - 15 in relation to each of the girls, who were aged 4 and 7 when the first of the offences is alleged to have happened.
The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is also charged with sexually exploiting one of the of the girls at another house on the outskirts of the city on a date between March 1, 2013 and September 30, 2009.
Opposing bail, Detective Garda Denise Moriarty expressed concerns the man would not stand trial and that their may be an attempt to interfere with witnesses in the case.
This was disputed by solicitor John Herbert who said his client was willing to abide by any conditions imposed by the court.
Judge Marian O’Leary granted bail subject to the lodging of a substantial independent surety.
The defendant, who is to be tried on indictment at the circuit court.
The man was also ordered to live at his home address must sign on daily at his local garda station and he must not have any “direct or indirect” contact with the two girls or their mother.
The case has been adjourned to facilitate the preparation of a book of evidence.