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Man denies 1980s sex assault on teenage boy in storeroom

A former supervisor at Brandywell Sports Centre has gone on trial charged with sex offences and the false imprisonment of a 15-year-old schoolboy in a storeroom 25 years ago.

Paddy Peoples (58), from Ballyarnett Village, denies committing the offences between March 1986 and September 1987.

Prosecutor Paul Ramsey told Londonderry Crown Court that the complainant, who cannot be named, was a voluntary helper in the centre at the time.

He said the complainant had great respect for the defendant and had agreed to help him out for a full week.

The barrister said one day the defendant brought the complainant into a store, locked the door and asked him to retrieve something from a bottom shelf. Mr Ramsey said the defendant moved behind the complainant, pulled down his tracksuit bottoms and underwear and sexually assaulted him saying: “That is lovely kid.”

The defendant is then alleged to have locked the boy in the storeroom for about two hours. The store was then opened by one of a group of four painters.

Mr Ramsey said the boy later threw his tracksuit away and did not return to the centre for several weeks.

The prosecutor said the complainant, who told nobody about the alleged abuse at the time, subsequently left the city and returned in 2010. He spoke to an official at the sports centre who advised him to go to the police. He made a statement to the police in October 2010 and the defendant was interviewed the following month and denied the allegations.

The trial continues.

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