Ex-principal, 82, to stand trial for child sex charges

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A former primary school principal is to stand trial accused of sexual offences against nine boys, a judge has ordered.

Christian Brother Paul Dunleavy appeared before Belfast Magistrates’ Court to face a total of 41 charges.

The 82-year-old, with an address at the Province Centre, Griffith Avenue in Dublin, allegedly committed multiple counts of indecent assault and gross indecency towards a child.

He is also accused of attempted buggery and inciting gross indecency.

The charges span a 10-year period between 1969 and 1978.

At the time Dunleavy taught at the now-closed St Colman’s Abbey Primary School in Newry.

During a preliminary enquiry hearing he confirmed that he understood the allegations against him.

Prosecutors submitted that he has a prima facie case to answer.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted an application to have the accused returned for Crown Court trial on a date to be fixed, the Courts Service confirmed.

Dunleavy was released on continuing bail of £500 until those proceedings get under way.