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Former rugby star David Tweed 'gutted' by child abuse allegations

Former Ireland rugby star David Tweed told police he was “gutted” when first questioned about sexually assaulting two young girls, a court has been told.

Tweed, with an address at Clonavon Terrace, Ballymena, stands accused of a total of 14 charges of indecent assault and gross indecency against two girls, now women, over a nine-year period.

The 53-year-old former Ulster and Ireland player sat with his arms folded in the dock at Antrim Crown Court throughout yesterday's hearing as the trial entered its third week.

Tweed, a Ballymena councillor, was arrested in connection with the alleged offences in December 2010.

Transcripts of three interviews conducted by police with Tweed on the same date were read to the court.

Details of the alleged incidents were put to Tweed during the interviews. They included claims by one of the alleged victims of how she had tried to escape from Tweed while being assaulted by slapping him on the head.

“That never happened,” he replied.

Tweed repeated the same reply on numerous occasions when quizzed about the other allegations and at one point he told the officer to “catch himself on”, the court was told.

He described another allegation as “a bit sick”. “Are you shocked?” Tweed was asked during police interview.

“Gutted,” he replied.

Tweed was asked what sort of women he preferred. When the police officer asked “adult women?” he replied: “Of course.”

The trial continues.

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