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Paedophile suspect is not our relative

OAP's vigilante concern as namesake is charged

By Ciaran Barnes

A worried grandmother has spoken of her fear at being mistaken for a relative of a paedophile suspect.

Kitty Auld's life was turned upside down last week when 24-year-old Gerard Auld, who is not a relation, appeared in court charged with abusing kids and rape.

The alleged child molester gave his address as Landgarve Manor in the village of Crumlin, Co Antrim.

This is the same street where popular Kitty has lived for the past 14 years.

The 67-year-old moved to distance her family from Gerard Auld, saying she had never laid eyes on him until she picked up last week's Sunday Life.

“The last week has been terrible for me, I'm worried that everyone now thinks Gerard Auld is my relative and is staying at my home,” explained Kitty, who is battling cancer.

“I’m frightened that my house could be attacked or a brick could come through the window.

“Gerard Auld is not related to me and is nothing to do with my family. I want to make that absolutely clear.”

Kitty says she has never seen Gerard Auld on Landgarve Manor and has been told he is now living in another part of Crumlin.

“I was so worried that I got in touch with a local politician,” added the pensioner.

“That was how I found out that Gerard Auld is supposed to be living in another part of Crumlin.” Gerard Auld is accused of a catalogue of sex offences spanning a decade.

He is charged with abusing one of his victims on eight separate occasions between June 1998 and September 2007.

In total Auld is accused of two counts of rape; four counts of indecent assault on a female; indecent assault on a female child; four counts of sexual activity with a child; and gross indecency with a child.

He appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court two weeks ago and was released on £500 bail.

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