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Sex assault trial told accused has prior conviction

The jury in the trial of a 50-year-old man who denies indecently assaulting a primary school age girl has been told the defendant has a previous conviction for indecently assaulting a female.

The previous conviction was disclosed by a prosecution barrister who opened the case against the defendant at the Crown Court in Londonderry yesterday.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies indecently assaulting his niece on two occasions, the first between May 2006 and September 2008, and the second occasion between September 2008 and November 2008.

The prosecution barrister told the jury that the evidence against the defendant was “both clear and compelling”.

She said the charges alleged sexual impropriety involving a girl too young to give consent.

The prosecutor said the girl outlined her allegations to the police in January 2009 in a recorded interview at the PSNI Maydown care suite in Derry.

She said one of the incidents allegedly took place in the defendant's home where the girl slept after a party.

The allegation was that the defendant went into the bedroom where his niece was sleeping, pulled off the quilt and indecently assaulted her.

In her interview the girl told the police she pretended to be asleep during the abuse. The following day she told her mother.

The child also told the police about another alleged indecent assault in another aunt's home.

The prosecutor said the defendant was interviewed after police officers investigated both complaints.

The trial continues.

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