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Co Antrim man to stand trial accused of raping two female relatives more than 40 years ago

By Alan Erwin

Published 30/11/2015

A Co Antrim man has been ordered to stand trial accused of raping two female relatives more than 40 years ago.

The 62-year-old, who cannot be named, is also charged with further sexual attacks involving a third family member.

He appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court today for a hearing to establish if he has a case to answer.

The alleged offences include three counts of rape, one attempted rape and 28 counts of indecent assault.

He is accused of committing them within the Belfast area over a period of more than a decade, from 1967 to 1978.

Prosecutors submitted that based on the papers a prima facie case has been established.

No evidence was given or witnesses called during the preliminary enquiry hearing.

He was then returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed, the Courts Service confirmed.

The District Judge released him on £200 bail until those proceedings get underway.

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