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Briege Meehan trial: Jury sworn in for trial of IRA chief's widow accused of abusing stepdaughter

A jury has been sworn in to hear the trial of a former Sinn Fein councillor who is accused of abusing her stepdaughter.

A total of eight men and four women were sworn in to hear the Belfast Crown Court trial of 66-year-old Briege Meehan, the widow of prominent IRA commander and former Sinn Fein councillor Martin Meehan.

Briege Meehan, from Elmfield Street in Belfast, is accused of four counts of gross indecency, one of attempted gross indecency, two of indecent assault and one of child cruelty.

The charges were allegedly committed against her stepdaughter Mary Watson over the 15-month period between July 14, 1979 and October 31, 1980.

The trial, which is expected to last until Friday of next week, will start on Wednesday.

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