Man (72) is accused of breaching order

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A High Court bail application on behalf of a 72-year-old man accused of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order could not proceed because he had to be taken to hospital, Banbridge Magistrates Court heard last Thursday.

Robert McComb, Daisy Hill Court, Ballyvally, Banbridge, appeared in court by way of videolink from Maghaberry prison.

He is the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and faces four charges of alleged breaches of that order.

The first is alleged to have happened on June 3 this year at a play park on Banbridge Road, Laurencetown.

He is also accused of speaking with a number of children at Newry Street, Rathfriland, on June 4, being at a play park at Cline Road, Banbridge, on June 5 and approaching a child at Hillside Park, Ballyvally, on June 5.

His solicitor told the court last week a bail application had been lodged with the High Court but had not been heard because McComb had been in hospital for four days.

McComb was remanded to appear again by way of videolink on July 23.