Ballymena Court: Man is found guilty of charge that he 'intentionally incited a child to engage in sexual activity'

Ballymena Court: Man is found guilty of charge that he 'intentionally incited a child to engage in sexual activity'

A MAN formerly with an address in the Clonavon area of Ballymena who had denied a charge that he 'intentionally incited a child to engage in sexual activity' has been found guilty.

The charge faced by 53-year-old Asen Demirev was that on August 25 last year 'being over 18 years of age, intentionally incited a child between 13 and 16 years, to engage in a sexual activity and you did not reasonably believe that she was 16 years or over.'

Courts Service told Court News NI the defendant was remanded on continuing bail for pre-sentence reports to be prepared ahead of sentencing on April 14.

He will have the assistance of a Bulgarian language interpreter.

The court this week heard the defendant will be put on the sex offenders' register.

Ballymena Magistrates Court (main picture) previously heard Demirev had moved to a different part of Northern Ireland after being charged.

That court was told the August 25 incident had led to “high community tensions” in Ballymena.

At a court hearing last year a police officer had expressed concerns about the accused returning to the Clonavon area if bailed.

She had said: “There is a mixed community of foreign nationals and local people”.

As a result of the allegation there was “almost public disorder,” the court was told.

The PSNI officer, last August, told the court there were “high community tensions at the minute and police have actually got a dedicated crew to the area to try and alleviate any further incidents and they have been in contact with the Inter-Ethnic Forum to try and resolve matters but at this time they would have concerns if the defendant returned to that home address”.

A defence solicitor had told the August court it seemed the only objection to bail was the “potential risk to his own safety”.

At a later court hearing in Ballymena the defence lawyer said the defendant "had to move address" when granted bail.

She had said "there was a problem in so far as he was then evicted from his local property" and he is "now living not locally".