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Sex abuse jury hears of '£175k bribe bid'

By Paul Higgins

A man who was the alleged victim of sexual abuse at his cousin's hands for 10 years was offered a £175,000 bribe to stay silent.

A jury has heard claims that the victim was offered £20,000 but that it increased to £175,000.

The alleged victim, prosecuting QC Charles McKay told the jury, "raised the figure and started asking for half a million" along with demands that his 46-year-old cousin admit what he had done.

The accused, who cannot be named to protect his cousin's identity, faces a total of 26 sex offences; 10 of indecent assault and 16 of committing or inciting acts of gross indecency on dates between 18 February 1986 and 19 February 1997.

Mr McKay told Belfast Crown Court the abuse began, when the defendant's cousin was just five-years-old and continued until he was 13 with a further single incident when he was 15.

The lawyer said abuse amounted to the defendant touching his young cousin inappropriately and the mutual performing of sex acts. Denying the allegations, the accused told police the offences were "fabricated". The trial continues.

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