Belfast Telegraph

OAP for trial on 19 counts of sex abuse

By George Jackson

A pensioner of 77 was arraigned at the Crown Court in Londonderry yesterday charged with 19 sexually abusing his grand-niece over a four-year period in the 1990s.

Because of the relationship between the defendant and the complainant the pensioner cannot be named.

He denies three charges of rape, 10 of indecent assault, five of committing gross indecency with or towards a child, and one further associated charge.

The defendant also denies committing the 19 offences on various dates between 1990 and 1994.

A Public Prosecution Service barrister told the court yesterday that there would be six prosecution witnesses giving evidence in the trial, which is expected to last a week.

The case was adjourned until November 8, when a trial date will be fixed.

Following yesterday's hearing the defendant was released on continuing bail.

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