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Man denies sexual abuse of younger stepsister

A man who denies sexually abusing his younger stepsister in the family home told police
A man who denies sexually abusing his younger stepsister in the family home told police "that's just perverted", a jury heard yesterday

By Ashleigh McDonald

A man who denies sexually abusing his younger stepsister in the family home told police "that's just perverted", a jury heard yesterday.

The defendant, who cannot be named due to a reporting restriction, is standing trial at Belfast Crown Court on 10 charges spanning from May 2002 to September 2005.

The jury heard the alleged abuse began when the girl was aged seven and the defendant was 14.

Crown prosecutor Philip Mateer QC said the two families came together in 2001 when the complainant's father married the defendant's mother.

The complainant, now aged 23, claimed the abuse first occurred in the family home in Omagh, and continued until she was around 10.

Mr Mateer said she recalled it took place "every few days, when he decided he wanted it to", adding: "He would get her to bring him tea, coffee or sandwiches down to the room, and that would be the excuse to get her down there."

The defendant, now aged 30 and living in south Down, is also accused of sexually assaulting and abusing his stepsister in their bathroom, and behind sheds in an outside area.

Mr Mateer said that in August 2012, when she was 17, the complainant went to the PSNI and made a series of allegations.

Mr Mateer said that the defendant said to police: "All she is saying is lies. Why would I want to do that to her? She was a seven-year old girl. That's just perverted."

At hearing.

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