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Doctor is charged with the abuse of two young girls

By George Jackson

A doctor has appeared at a preliminary enquiry hearing at the Magistrates Court in Londonderry charged with child sex abuse offences.

Dr Lee Casey, who denies the allegations, is based at the Oakleaf Medical Practice in Great James' Street Health Centre.

He faces two charges of indecently assaulting two female children.

The first offence is alleged to have occurred between October 1, 2005 and October 31, 2006.

The second offence is alleged to have occurred between April 1, 2006 and May 1, 2006.

At the start of the hearing a solicitor for the Public Prosecution Service applied to District Judge Barney McElholm to have two other charges withdrawn.

Those charges related to the defendant allegedly committing a sex act while being a person of trust by indecently touching the same two complainants.

The application to withdraw those two charges was granted by the District Judge.

Asked by the court clerk if he had received documents relating to the holding of the preliminary enquiry hearing, the 52-year-old general practitioner replied that he had.

When asked if he had anything to say in answer to the two charges, the defendant replied "definitely not guilty".

He further replied "not at this stage" when asked if he wished to give evidence, call witnesses or tender statements.

A solicitor from the Public Prosecution Service submitted that based on the papers before the court, the defendant had a prima facie case to answer.

The District Judge said, having read the papers, he believed there was a prima facie case to answer.

Dr Casey's barrister Ivor McAteer said he was making no submissions at this stage.

The defendant, who was accompanied in court by members of his immediate family, was released on his own bail of £200 to appear at the city's Crown Court for his arraignment on the two charges on September 8.

As part of his bail conditions he must continue to reside at his Mansefield Grove home in the Waterside area of the city.

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