Man is accused of ‘attempted sexual communication with a child’ and is facing a second charge of ‘paying for sexual services’

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Ballymena Court.

A BROUGHSHANE man appeared in court on Thursday charged with ‘attempted sexual communication with a child’ and ‘paying for sexual services’.

Peter David Clyde (38), of Rocavan Meadow, is alleged to have committed the offences on January 18 this year.

The particulars of the first charge are that ‘being a person aged 18 years or over, for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification,’ the defendant ‘intentionally attempted to communicate with a person under 16 years, the communication being sexual or intended to encourage the said person to make a communication that was sexual’ and that the defendant ‘did not reasonably believe that the person was 16 or over’.

The particulars of the second charge are that the defendant ‘obtained sexual services from a person in exchange for payment, the payment having been made or promised by you’.

The accused was using a walking stick as he entered the dock for his first court appearance in connection with the case.

A police officer said he believed he could connect the accused to the charges.

Defence barrister Chris Sherrard said he had no questions for the court.

A prosecution lawyer asked for the case to be adjourned for four weeks saying some evidence in the case had still to be received.

She said it may be that the case will proceed to the Crown Court.

No further information was given to the court.

District Judge Nigel Broderick released the defendant on £500 bail with conditions that he is not to have any contact with anyone under the age of 16, unless approved by social services, apart from unavoidable daily contact.

And he has to reside at an address approved by police and he is not to access social media or ‘dating sites’.

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