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Former vice principal denies pupil sex attack

By Paul Higgins

Published 09/09/2016

Accused: Francis Stroud
Accused: Francis Stroud

A retired grammar school vice principal appeared in court yesterday accused of indecently assaulting a female more than 20 years ago.

Standing in the dock at Craigavon Crown Court, 70-year-old Francis Noel Stroud entered a not guilty plea to the single charge against him.

Stroud, a father-of-three from Sandymount Mews in Dunmurry, is charged with indecently assaulting a female on a date between September 1, 1994 and December 31, 1994.

No facts relating to the allegation were disclosed in court yesterday.

Judge Patrick Lynch QC released Stroud on continuing bail until his trial.

It is scheduled to start on November 28.

During a previous appearance, Stroud's solicitor revealed that the retired teacher receives £1,400 from his teacher's pension.

He is also in receipt of a further £600 from his State pension as well as some additional funds relating to a few hours of "casual work".

However, the solicitor added that he paid "significant maintenance" to his children.

At the time of the allegations, Stroud was a maths teacher and vice principal at Hunterhouse College in south Belfast.

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