Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Three Belfast brothers and their sister face string of child sex charges

Three brothers and a sister are to stand trial accused of a catalogue of child sex offences dating back more than 30 years.

Michael, Robert and Paul McCabe and Kathleen Loughran appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday on a total of 17 charges.

The offences allegedly occurred in the city between the end of 1975 and 1983.

Michael McCabe (52), of Summerhill Place, Dunmurry, faces seven charges of indecent assault on a female child and three of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency.

The offences he is alleged to have committed involve two girls.

Robert McCabe (50), from Maple Villa, Sliabh Dubh View, Belfast, is charged with three counts of indecent assault on a female child.

Alongside him in the dock was Paul McCabe (49), of Belfield Heights, Belfast. He faces two indecent assault charges.

The fourth suspect, 47-year-old Kathleen Loughran, of Clondara Parade, Belfast, is accused of two counts of gross indecency with a child.

Each of them spoke to confirm they understood the allegations against them during the preliminary inquiry hearing.

A date for the trial at Belfast Crown Court has yet to be set. District Judge Fiona Bagnall released them on £500 bail.

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