Belfast Telegraph

Accused for trial on child sex charges

By Paul Higgins

An Antrim man has been ordered to stand trial accused of a litany of historical sex offences.

Appearing at the town's Magistrates Court, David Cairns (64) used a walking stick and appeared unsteady on his feet.

Cairns, from Craigmore Park in the town, faces 17 charges for offences allegedly committed against one boy on dates between June 1, 1994, and August 31, 1998.

Cairns is accused of five counts of buggery with a boy under 16, eight charges of indecently assaulting the boy and four of committing acts of gross indecency.

None of the facts giving rise to the allegations were opened in court yesterday, but a prosecuting lawyer argued that the papers and statements formed the basis of a prima facie case against Cairns, a submission that the defence conceded.

Cairns declined the opportunity to comment on the charges or to give evidence. Cairns was freed on his own bail of £500. He will be arraigned at Antrim Crown Court on May 29.

Belfast Telegraph

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