County Antrim man (60) is charged with attempting to 'incite' child to 'engage in sexual activity'

County Antrim man (60) is charged with attempting to 'incite' child to 'engage in sexual activity'

A 60-YEAR-OLD County Antrim man is accused of attempting to 'incite' a child aged under 16 'to engage in a sexual activity'.

The charge faced by Stanley Richmond, of Kilmakevit Crescent, Cullybackey, relates to April this year.

The accused appeared at Ballymena Magistrates' Court on Thursday where a police officer said she believed the could connect him to the charge.

A defence lawyer said he had no questions for the officer.

A prosecutor said papers for a Preliminary Enquiry - the legal step to potentially send a case to the Crown Court - are being prepared.

The defence lawyer said it was possible an "expert psychiatric report" will be required.

Full details of the alleged circumstances surrounding the charge were not outlined to the court.

The accused was released on bail with conditions, which the court heard, include "not to enter the grounds and buildings of the 'Green Pastures' Church".

He is also to have "no unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 unless approved by police or social services".

The accused confirmed to District Judge Nigel Broderick he understood the bail conditions.

The case was adjourned to June 30 and the Preliminary Enquiry was set for July 14.