A 53-year-old man has been returned for trial to Derry Crown Court on charges of gross indecency with a child.

The man who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of his alleged victim appeared at a preliminary enquiry at Derry Magistrate's Court today.

He faces three charges of gross indecency with a child on dates between June 21, 1981 and June 22, 1983.

He also faced three charges of indecent assault on a male between the same dates.

It was accepted there was a case to answer and there were no contrary submissions.

The man said he did wish to call any witnesses or make any statement at this time.

He was returned for trial to Derry Crown Court sitting on October 11 and released on his own bail.

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