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Retired teacher (79) allegedly abused pupils on canoeing trips in NI during the 1990s, High Court hears

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A 79-year-old retired teacher allegedly abused former pupils on canoeing trips in Northern Ireland during the 1990s, the High Court has heard.

The pensioner, who now lives in France, was detained and brought to Belfast after flying back to visit family in England.

Detectives also want to interview him about further potential victims, including up to seven based in the Republic of Ireland, a judge was told.

Details emerged as the man, who is not being named at this stage for legal reasons, mounted an application for bail.

He is currently in custody accused of six counts of indecent assault on a male over a period between 1992 and 1998.

The charges involve two alleged victims described as teenagers at the relevant time.

Prosecution counsel Stephanie Boyd said: “The defendant taught one of them privately, they also went canoeing and it’s alleged that matters happened then.”

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She told the court both complainants had been pupils who then joined him for after school activities.

The man was detained on a European Arrest Warrant after arriving at East Midlands Airport earlier this year.

“He didn’t know about the case but was flagged at the airport when coming to visit family and brought back to Northern Ireland by police,” Mrs Boyd added.

“He is still to be interviewed about further (alleged) victims that have come forward.”

With the defendant originally from the Republic of Ireland, a police officer revealed that gardai also want to speak to him.

“There are up to seven (potential) victims in total,” she said.

Adjourning the case, Lord Justice Maguire agreed to give more time to try to locate a suitable bail address in Northern Ireland.


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