Christmas in detention for teen accused of sex offence

A TEENAGED boy facing a sex charge will spend Christmas in detention if a Supreme Court bail application is not successful.

The 16-year-old appeared before Magistrate Andrew Eckhold in Dubbo Children's Court via audiovisual link from the Orana Juvenile Justice detention centre. He cannot be named for legal reasons.

No pleas were entered to charges of having sexual intercourse with a person aged over 10 and under 14 years; destroying property; and contravening the restrictions of an apprehended violence order.

The Department of Public Prosecutions asked for the matter to be set down for a summary hearing.

The court heard there were 21 witnesses in total. Five would be required for hearing.

Magistrate Eckhold was told the boy's mother, stepfather and stepsister had travelled from Queensland to attend court.

A hearing was set down for April 4 and 5.

There was no application for bail which was formally refused by the court.

The solicitor representing the boy said another Supreme Court bail application would be made.

"I hope it can be heard before Christmas,'' the solicitor said.

Police allege the boy committed offences in Dubbo on the evening of June 15.

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