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Brothers and sister deny child sex claims

Three brothers and their sister have denied a catalogue of child sex offences dating back more than 30 years.

Appearing in the dock of Belfast Crown Court, brothers Michael, Robert and Paul McCabe from Belfast and their sister Kathleen Loughran pleaded not guilty to a total of 21 charges.

They allegedly occurred between January 1976 and July 1984.

Michael McCabe (52), of Summerhill Place, Dunmurry, entered not guilty pleas to 11 charges of indecent assault and two of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency, allegedly committed against three girls and a boy.

Robert McCabe (50), from Maple Villa, Sliabh Dubh View, Belfast, pleaded not guilty to three counts of indecent assault on a girl.

His younger brother, Paul McCabe (49), of Belfield Heights, also denied three charges of indecently assaulting one girl.

Their sister – 47-year-old Kathleen Loughran, of Clondara Parade in Belfast – pleaded not guilty to two counts of indecent assault against a male child.

Judge David McFarland said he would review the case next month and released all four on continuing bail until their trial which is set to be heard in September.

Belfast Telegraph