Northern Ireland

Ballymena woman (29) charged with sexually abusing teenage boy

Ballymena woman Safron Smyth is facing two allegations of sex offences with a teenage schoolboy
Ballymena woman Safron Smyth is facing two allegations of sex offences with a teenage schoolboy Ballymena woman Safron Smyth is facing two allegations of sex offences with a teenage schoolboy

A Co Antrim woman has appeared in court accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy.

Standing in the dock of Ballymena Magistrates Court, 29-year-old Safron Smyth confirmed she understood the two charges against her.

Smyth, from Doury Grove in Ballymena, is accused of engaging in sexual activity with a child aged 13-16 and of inciting the schoolboy to engage in sexual activity on August 21 last year and at the time “you did not reasonably believe that he was 16 years or over.”

None of the alleged facts surrounding the charges were opened in court but a police officer gave evidence that she believed she could connect Smyth to the charges.

The court also heard that while Smyth has been on police bail since she was first charged, the PPS were applying for her bail to be varied to bar her from a specific area of Ballymena.

District Judge Nigel Broderick granted that and freed Smyth on her own bail of £500 with conditions not to contact the complainant or anyone connected with the investigation.

The case was adjourned to 20 April.