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Indian cricket pro will stand trial over Belfast child sex claims

A former Indian cricketer is to stand trial accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy in Belfast more than 30 years ago, a judge has ruled.

Udy Joshi faces charges of buggery and indecently assaulting the son of a cricket club member during a period when he played in Northern Ireland.

The 66-year-old, who represented Sussex during his career and now lives in the US, was arrested after returning to Belfast for a reunion dinner.

He declined to say anything in response to the allegations as he appeared before the city's Magistrates' Court for committal proceedings yesterday.

Joshi is accused of carrying out the assaults during July and August 1979 when he was also carrying out coaching duties.

The court was told a complaint was first made to police in the late 1990s.

Joshi, with an address at Cole Mill Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina, was returned for Crown Court trial on a date to be fixed.

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However, District Judge Fiona Bagnall refused a defence request that he should be allowed to travel to India for dental work.

The court was told Joshi has lost his job working in a bank in America and was suffering financially.

But despite acknowledging that the accused has kept in contact with police "religiously" while on bail, the detective opposed the plan.

He outlined the length of time it took to locate Joshi and expressed concerns that further difficulties could arise.

"He is facing charges of serious child sex abuse," the officer said.

"I have already had to phone the injured party (and tell him) that the court allowed him (Joshi) to go and live in America.

"He is fully aware that it took us 11 years to deal with his complaint."

Refusing the accused a dental treatment application, DJ Bagnall directed that Joshi be released on the existing bail conditions.

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