Man (66) is charged with five counts of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order

Ballymena Court8
Ballymena Court.

A pensioner who was using a walking aid to get in and out of the dock in court has been charged with five counts of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Edward Gordon Bell Doyle (66), whose address was given as Glenshesk Drive in Ballymena, is alleged to have committed offences on dates between 2016 and August this year.

He is accused of forming a relationship with a female, an act he was prohibited from performing under the Order.

Doyle is also charged with having access to children and entering premises with children present.

The defendant appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday for a Preliminary Enquiry – the legal step to move a case to the Crown Court.

A prosecution lawyer submitted that on the basis of the papers before the court there was a case to answer.

A defence solicitor said he had no contrary submissions.

The defendant confirmed he was aware of the charges.

The prosecutor said the application was for the defendant to have his case sent to Antrim Crown Court in January and to be remanded in continuing custody.

District Judge Nigel Broderick returned the defendant for arraignment to the Crown Court.

Remanding him in continuing custody the judge granted a defence application for one senior counsel to represent the defendant at the Crown Court.

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