Bid to ban naming sex offences accused dismissed

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A district judge on Wednesday dismissed an application to ban the media from reporting the identity of a woman accused of historical sexual offences.

Marion Loughran, 61, of Beaghbeg Road, Cookstown, listened as the 12 charges of indecent assault on a male were put to her at Dungannon Magistrate’s Court.

The offences are alleged to have occurred almost 50 years ago on dates between August 31, 1967 and March 31, 1969.

Asked if she wished to give evidence in respect of the case, she replied: “Not at this stage.”

A defence solicitor argued that reporting restrictions should be imposed on his client’s identity and outlined a number of reasons for this.

However, District Judge John Meehan told the lawyer: “I have heard nothing which suggests the defendant’s identity should be suppressed.”

Judge Meehan released Loughran on bail and ordered her to appear at Dungannon Crown Court next month to be arraigned on the charges.