A woman from Dublin, who cannot be identified as per the order of a judge, has been sent forward for trial accused of engaging in a sex act with a dog.
The 29-year-old is accused of a single offence with the dog at her home on a date in December 2019.
She has appeared at Dublin District Court today, before being served with a book of evidence.
Judge John Lindsay granted an order sending the woman forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court. A date for her next hearing has yet to be allocated.
He has also extended Judge Treasa Kelly’s temporary order that she could not be named by the media. Legal aid was granted to the woman who is on social welfare.
The accused is a mother and it was argued that reporting her identity may affect her children.
Judge Lindsay said he was making the order under Section 93 of the Children Act, and that “if there are children involved they are entitled to reporting restrictions.”
It was argued also that the nature of the charge and the “revulsion” it might receive from media attention may affect future proceedings, and prejudice to her right to a fair trial.