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Accused is remanded on daughter rape charge

A man (59) accused of sexually abusing his daughter from the age of nine has been remanded in custody after being extradited from Sweden to Northern Ireland.

The accused appeared before Ards Magistrates Court yesterday. He faces 18 charges, including rape, attempted rape and indecent assault.

The man, who is originally from the north Down area, did not speak during his appearance.

A detective constable said that the accused’s daughter had come forward in 2007 claiming she had been sexually abused, starting when she was nine years old.

However, the accused did not turn up to a later court hearing in August 2008 and police investigations discovered that he was no longer living in the UK.

He was detained by the authorities in Stockholm under a European arrest warrant.

District judge Mark Hamill remanded the accused in custody for four weeks. He will reappear in court via video-link on October 11.

Belfast Telegraph