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Man denies sex abuse of girls

A 56-year-old man has gone on trial at Belfast Crown Court accused of

sexually abusing four teenage girls at his mother's Turf Lodge home.

James Quinn, from Indiana Avenue, denies 12 sex offences involving the

James Quinn, from Indiana Avenue, denies 12 sex offences involving the girls, aged from 13 to 15, allegedly committed between August 1994 and March last year.

He is accused of indecently assaulting all four girls, committing gross indecency with one and enticing another to commit gross indecency.

The first of his alleged victims broke down yesterday while giving evidence and threatened to have nothing to do with the case.

Giving evidence via a television link-up, the girl, who claimed she had attempted suicide because of the abuse, said that Quinn had 'touched' her and offered her money if she would have sex with him, but that she finally confided in others after going on a religious retreat with her school.

During cross- examination by Tony Cinamond QC, the girl refuted suggestions that she was lying and that Quinn had never laid a finger on her.

At hearing.

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