Crown Court date set for man accused of ‘inciting sexual activity’ with Cookstown boy

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A Crown Court trial date has been set for the man accused of inciting three boys under the age of 16 “to engage in a sexual activity”, during three separate incidents in County Tyrone towns.

Gerard McDonagh from Killyclogher Road in Omagh is alleged to have approached a 14-year-old boy on the street in Cookstown on June 1 this year, and on the same day another 13-year-old boy in Omagh.

McDonagh also stands accused of a third alleged suspicious approach to a boy aged between 13-16 on April 7 this year.

The 27-year-old appeared before Dungannon Magistrates last Wednesday [Nov 26] dressed in a brown shirt, and when questioned by the clerk, told the court he had nothing to say in relation to the charges against him, nor objections to voice.

The Prosecution said there was a prima facie case to answer in relation to the alleged offences, and the defendant was ordered to return to Dungannon court for arraignment on January 13, next year.

McDonagh is further accused of driving dangerously in central Cookstown after the alleged suspicious approach to the 14-year-old boy, but this charge will not be dealt with at Crown Court.

A police officer told Dungannon Magistrates Court in June that all of the charges could be connected to the accused.