Lurgan man returned for trial accused of grooming and sexually assaulting child

Judge bans all electronic equipment with internet capability as part of bail terms

Lurgan man returned for trial accused of grooming and sexually assaulting child

The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A thirty-six-year-old man has been returned for trial accused of sexually assaulting a child following a period of grooming.

Appearing for a committal hearing was Gavin Gowdy of Dingwell Park, Lurgan who is accused of committing the offences in dates between March and May 2017.

It is alleged he sexually communicated with a female child encouraging her to respond in a similar manner for his own sexual gratification.

It is further alleged Gowdy met the child after a period of grooming and sexually assaulted her.

No details around the case were disclosed during the short hearing at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

A prosecuting lawyer said there is a case to answer which was agreed by District Judge Bernie Kelly.

Gowdy confirmed he understood the charges against him and did not object to the proceedings. He declined to call witnesses or give evidence on his own behalf at this stage.

Judge Kelly set bail at £500 bail and banned Gowdy from possessing any electronic equipment with internet capability, and any he current has must be removed from his address and all Wi-Fi devices disabled.

In addition he is prohibited from contact with the complainant or her family, by any means, directly or indirectly.

Gowdy is to appear for arraignment at Craigavon Crown Court next month.

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