Northern Ireland

Man charged with grooming, abducting girl

A 29-year-old man has appeared in court in Londonderry charged with sexual grooming and child abduction.

Jonathan Dowds, from Abercorn Road in the city, is accused of abducting the 14-year-old on Friday.

He is also charged with arranging or facilitating the commisson of a sexual offence against a child, and meeting a child following sexual grooming.

Bail was refused, and the defendant was remanded in custody.

He made no reply when the charges were put to him.

The court heart the defendant contacted the girl through facebook and internet chatrooms, and sent her 100 text messages over a six week period.

He is alleged to have told the girl he wanted to have sex with her, get married and have a baby, but asked her not to tell the police or her family until she was 16.

A detective constable told the court the defendant had been in bed with the 14-year-old on the evening before he was arrested, but they were fully clothed and there had been no sexual contact.