Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Father accused of sex assaults on girls is a ‘psychopath’, court hears

A Co Antrim man accused of sexually assaulting his two daughters taunted one of them about his new teenage girlfriend, the High Court has heard.

Prosecutors also revealed the suspect's own brother described him as “a psychopath” and warned he would kill his wife, children and anyone else who got in his way if released from custody.

The 46-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faces a total of 10 counts of sexual assault against his schoolgirl daughters. He was refused bail by a judge who ruled that he appeared to pose a grave risk to his family.

The accused was arrested and charged after his estranged wife told police earlier this month that he had been touching the elder daughter. It was later alleged by the girl that on one occasion her father walked up behind her, grab her by the chest and asked inappropriate questions.

He also told her that his teenage girlfriend was “bigger” than her, according to the prosecution.

His younger daughter also claimed he had put his hand down her top, the court heard.

Charles McCreanor, defending, said his client claimed his ex-wife threatened to “put him away for a long time” by alleging rape after he refused to get back together with her.

“The applicant would say he felt that the children were siding with the mother,” Mr McCreanor said.

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