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Lismore man behind bars over alleged sexual assault of six-year-old girl

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A Lismore man remains behind bars after being arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a six-year-old girl in July and August.

Joseph Pappin appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday via videolink from Grafton jail.

The 22-year-old was represented by solicitor Rod Behan.

Police allege Mr Pappin first had sex with the girl at a Goonellabah residence between July 31 and August 13.

He then allegedly raped the girl, again at Goonellabah on August 15.

Following complaints by the girl following the first alleged incident an investigation was launched by the Ballina Child Abuse Squad.

Mr Pappin was arrested on August 15, by detectives from the child abuse squad and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged and refused bail.

He was charged with two counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 and two counts of indecently assaulting a person under 16.

Police charges showed both of the incidents related to the same victim.

On Tuesday, Magistrate Karen Stafford heard part of the brief of evidence against Mr Pappin had been served on the defence but a forensic analysis certificate was still outstanding.

The court heard there may be further forensic testing required to be done in the case.

Magistrate Stafford ordered the balance of the brief of evidence to be served by November 7.

She adjourned Mr Pappin’s matters until November 21, for reply to the brief of evidence.

He remains in custody in Grafton jail until that date.

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