Belfast Telegraph

Former Celtic coach's sex case put back

By Michael McHugh

The case against a former Celtic FC youth coach and kitman charged with a child sex offence has been put back for a week because one legal matter is still outstanding, a prosecutor has said.

Jim McCafferty (70) was involved in football in Scotland and Ireland from the 1980s and was arrested in Belfast after walking into a PSNI station.

He was charged with engaging in sexual activity with a child in Northern Ireland aged 13 to 16 between December 2011 and December 2014 and appeared yesterday in Belfast's Laganside Courthouse via video link from prison, where he is being held for his own safety.

McCafferty, originally from Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, but more recently living in Raby Street in south Belfast, was formerly a kitman at Celtic, Hibernian and Falkirk. He was accused of sexually touching a boy aged under 16.

He was remanded in custody to reappear before the same court remotely next week.

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