A 31 year old man has pleaded guilty to having sexual relations with a 14 year old girl.

He was 24 at the time of the offence in Sligo, and claimed he thought the victim was 18.

The court heard this offence dates back to September 2012 .

When the accused was questioned by gardai he told them he thought the girl was 18 or 19, but the victim said she told him she was just 14.

The accused, who has a long list of minor convictions, was originally due to go on trial for rape but pleaded guilty to the defilement of a child under the age of 15.

He will be sentenced next week.




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