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Man remanded on child sex offences

The 29-year-old appeared before the city's magistrates court

A WEST Belfast man has been remanded in custody accused of having weapons and child sex offences.

The 29-year-old appeared before the city's magistrates court to face a total of 15 charges.

He is not being named to protect the identity of his alleged victims.

The man is accused of aggravated burglary with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm on another man at a house in Belfast on Tuesday.

According to the prosecution he was armed with a hammer at the time.

He is also charged with possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, namely a knife, on the same date.

A series of alleged sex offences on dates between 2014 and 2018 were also put to him.

Those charges include four counts of sexual activity with a child, six sexual assaults, and two allegations of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Standing head bowed in the dock, the accused nodded to confirm he understood the allegations.

The man's solicitor confirmed he was not seeking bail at this stage.

He was instead remanded in custody to appear again by video-link in four weeks time.

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