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Belfast pensioner to stand trial accused of subjecting daughter to campaign of sexual abuse over 30 years ago

By Alan Erwin

Published 10/04/2015

The alleged abuse occurred over a seven-year period between 1975 and 1982.
The alleged abuse occurred over a seven-year period between 1975 and 1982.

A Belfast pensioner is to stand trial accused of subjecting his daughter to a campaign of sexual abuse more than 30 years ago.

The defendant, aged 80, appeared before the city's Magistrates' Court today facing eight charges of indecent assault.

He cannot be named to ensure his alleged victim's identity is protected.

The alleged abuse occurred over a seven-year period between 1975 and 1982.

Appearing frail as he stood in the dock dressed in a suit, the accused nodded to confirm he understood the case against him.

As the charges were put to him during the preliminary enquiry process he declined to say anything in response, call witnesses or give evidence at this stage.

A district judge backed prosecution submissions that the pensioner has a case to answer.

He was returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

The accused will remain on continuing bail until then, with his barrister being allowed to escort him out of the courtroom to sign his release conditions.

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