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Teen appears in court charged with sexual activity with child under 16

Defence asked that the case be adjourned for a week for a possible bail application

Newry Courthouse

A teenager has appeared in court charged with sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.

The 19-year-old’s solicitor made no question to his client being connected to the charge and requested a one week adjournment for a possible bail application to be made.

Cameron Smyth, of Beresford Hill in Dromore, appeared charged with one count of sexual activity with a child aged 13-16 at Newry Magistrates’ Court.

Appearing via videolink from police custody, the accused confirmed that he understood the charges against him and was connected to the same by a police constable.

The offences were alleged to have occurred between September 10 and September 20, of last year.

Smyth is accused of intentionally engaging in sexual touching of a person under 16 years with him not reasonably believing her to be 16 or over.

Defence solicitor David Cairns made no question to the connection and asked that the case was adjourned for one week for a possible bail application.

Deputy District Judge Anne Marshall remanded the defendant in custody to appear at Newry Magistrates’ on May 5 for an update and possible bail application.

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