A man facing child sex charges in Tweeds Heads has been given bail.
A man facing child sex charges in Tweeds Heads has been given bail. © iStockphoto.com/Pgiam

Man, 71, faces child sex charges

A 71-YEAR-old man who is facing 29 sexual assault charges over the alleged sexual assault of two teenage boys at Tweed Heads has been granted bail.

The man, who can't be named for legal reasons, appeared in Lismore Local Court via video link on Tuesday and was granted conditional bail by Magistrate R Denes.

The charges related to the alleged rape and sexual assault of two boys at Tweed Heads over a three-year period from 1999 to 2002.

Police allege the 71-year-old detained the boy, who was 13 when they met, for sexual advantage.

It is also alleged the man fondled and had sexual intercourse with the boy against his will in several aggravated incidents in 1999.

Following this police allege the man committed acts of indecency with another 11-year-old boy at Banora Point in 2001.

When the man's first victim was 16 in 2001 the man is alleged to again had homosexual intercourse with him at Tweed Heads.

The 71-year-old Pakenham man was arrested on March 30 and appeared before Melbourne Magistrates court where NSW police were granted permission to extradite him to NSW.

The man's solicitor applied for bail on Tuesday which wasn't opposed by the prosecution due to the historic nature of the offences.

Magistrate Denes granted the man conditional bail to reside at Corowa, near Albury, with relatives.

She ordered him to forfeit $500 as security, not to approach prosecution witnesses and report to police every Wednesday.

The matter was adjourned until October 2 at Lismore Local Court.



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