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Man accused of 12-year family sex abuse campaign to stand trial

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Bail was granted depending on where the defendant will live.

Bail was granted depending on where the defendant will live.

Bail was granted depending on where the defendant will live.

A man is to stand trial accused of sexually abusing four members of his family over a 12-year period, a judge has ordered.

The 51-year-old defendant appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court to face a total of 10 charges.

He cannot be named to protect the identities of the alleged victims - all of whom are female.

The man is charged with three counts of rape, six indecent assaults and a further indecent exposure.

The alleged offences were committed on dates between September 1996 and December 2008.

During a preliminary enquiry hearing the defendant confirmed that he understood the claims against him.

He declined to give evidence or call any witnesses at this stage.

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Prosecution submissions that the accused has a case to answer were not disputed.

On that basis District Judge Amanda Henderson granted an application to have him returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

Mrs Henderson confirmed he can be released on bail once an address approved by police is obtained.


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