Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Accused abused daughter and niece, court told

An alleged paedophile subjected his daughter and his niece to years of sexual abuse, a jury has heard.

The 53-year-old, who cannot be identified to protect his alleged victims, is facing allegations of raping his daughter twice and sexual abuse.

The Newtownabbey man is on trial at Belfast Crown Court accused of a total of 19 sex offences including 16 of indecent assault, one of gross indecency and two charges of rape, all alleged to have occurred between April 5, 1991 and June 5, 2003.

Opening the Crown case against him, prosecuting QC Margaret-Ann Dinsmore told the jury that the defendant's niece is now 31 years old. It is alleged that when she was aged between nine and 15, he touched her inappropriately on numerous occasions.

She described how this happened when she went to stay over at her aunt's house and that the abuse ended when she threatened to tell her mother about it.

In relation to the defendant's 28-year-old daughter, the lawyer said she would testify how her father began abusing her from when she was around six, beginning with inappropriate touching but also developing into sex acts and rape.

The allegations were brought to the attention of police in 2008 and when the 53-year-old was arrested and interviewed, he denied all of the allegations.

The trial continues.

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