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Father got his teenage son to fondle him, court told

By Ashleigh McDonald

A 66-year-old Belfast man has gone on trial accused of indecently assaulting his teenage son on numerous occasions when he came home from drinking at a pub.

The abuse allegedly occurred over a period spanning November 1993 to November 1995 when the son was aged 13 and 14. Belfast Crown Court yesterday heard the abuse took place "on at least 20 occasions".

Opening the Crown case against the accused – who cannot be named to protect the identity of his son – prosecutor Tessa Kitson told a jury the incidents occurred after his mother and father came home from the pub on a Friday night.

When the defendant came home, he would bring his son into his bedroom and lie on the bed while the teenager removed his father's boots and trousers. The defendant would then take his underpants off and get his son to touch him.

The accused was charged with three counts of indecently assaulting a child, but denied his son's allegations. He told police the claims of abuse were made shortly after a family argument.

The trial continues.

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