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Rape accused claims charges are ‘ridiculous’


A man accused of raping a teenager and having sex with the underage girl on a park bench has told a jury that the allegations against him are “ridiculous”.

Giving evidence at Belfast Crown Court on his own behalf, 22-year-old Kevin Catney declared there was “no truth whatsoever” in the girl's evidence.

Catney, from Andersonstown Park in west Belfast, denies 11 charges in total, including rape, indecent assault, gross indecency and sexual activity with a child aged between 13 and 16 years old on dates between August 19, 2008, and November 1, 2008.

She has alleged that they had sex on a park bench, in his car and in his mother's house.

Yesterday, however, Catney told defence QC Gavan Duffy he was “sickened” when he heard what was being alleged against him.

He claimed it was “just ridiculous the thought that I would do that to a young person”.

When asked directly if he had ever had sex with the girl, Catney told the lawyer: “I have never had sex with her regardless of where — I have never had sex with her.”

Catney further claimed he had “never even kissed” the girl.

The trial continues.

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