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Alleged pervert set to face trial on 25 sex charges

A man has been committed for trial accused of sexually abusing two male victims over a 14-year period.

Appearing in the dock of Newtownards Magistrates Court yesterday, 47-year-old Alastair Carswell said he understood the 25 charges against him and that he was not objecting to a preliminary inquiry.

Carswell, of no fixed address, faces 25 counts of indecent assault, allegedly committed against the two victims on dates between December 31, 1995 and January 31, 2009.

Carswell declared he was "not guilty" and declined to give evidence or to call any witnesses.

No facts about the case were opened in court but the prosecution submitted there was a prima facie case against Carswell, and solicitor Hugh Edgar accepted that he had a case to answer.

Judge Mark Hamill returned Carswell for arraignment at Downpatrick Crown Court on Friday and as no bail application was lodged, Carswell was remanded into custody.

Belfast Telegraph