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News Digest: Trial set for alleged child abuser

An alleged paedophile has been sent for trial accused of sexually molesting six different girls over almost 20 years.

The case against 58-year-old Tom O'Bryan had been scheduled to run as a two-day Preliminary Investigation at Newtownards Magistrates Court with his alleged victims testifying against him from the witness box. Instead, the accused agreed to a shortened Preliminary Enquiry.

O'Bryan, from Tennyson Avenue in Bangor, faces 12 charges including 10 of indecently assaulting a female child and two of an adult having sexual activity with a child, on dates unknown between December 1, 1993 and December 20, 2012.

He told the court clerk he was aware of the charges and that although he was not objecting to the PE, he did not intend to either give evidence himself or call witnesses to give evidence.

Bailing O'Bryan, Judge Peter King ordered him to appear before Downpatrick Crown Court on May 6 for arraignment.


Show's exciting garden challenge

The race is on for anyone embarking on Team Garden Challenge at this year's Garden Show Ireland.

Teams have to design a 3m x 3m garden and build their plot in just one day on Thursday, May 8, the day before the show opens at Antrim Castle Gardens.

After the finished gardens are judged and awards presented, the gardens will be on display for the duration of the festival.

This year's theme for the team challenge is Kitchen Gardens and the competition is open to everyone.

Garden Show Ireland director Claire Faulkner said: "This is a fun team challenge. Teams can take as long as they like in advance to design their garden, but only have a day to build it, which is where the fun starts."

The 2014 Garden Show Ireland will run from May 9-11 at Antrim Castle Gardens and is open daily from 10am-6pm.

Adults are £10 (concession £8) and the event is free for children under 16. There is a reduced rate for online booking and for more information visit

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