Belfast Telegraph

Uncle abused me while watching an episode of Dr Who, woman tells court

By Ashleigh McDonald

A woman who claims she was sexually abused by her uncle in her grandmother's house when she was a child, told a jury he targeted her "whenever he could get the chance".

The complainant, now 48 and who claims she was abused between the ages of eight and 11, said she could recall one occasion when she was indecently assaulted while watching an episode of Dr Who on TV.

She told the jury at Newry Crown Court, sitting in Belfast: "He would turn the lights down to make it more scary and that's when he would take advantage of the dark and put his hands underneath my clothes."

The 54-year old accused, who cannot be named to protect his niece's identity, is standing trial on a total of 13 charges, including one count of rape and numerous counts of indecent assault. All the incidents are alleged to have taken place in south Down between 1975 and 1980.

Originally from south Down but now with an address in north east England, the accused has denied all the charges levelled against him.

From the witness box, the complainant was asked how many times she was targeted by her uncle when visiting her grandmother's house. She replied: "Whenever he would get me alone."

When asked what age her uncle was at the time, she said he was in his teens.

Explaining that she tried to avoid being in his company, the woman said that when she was aged around 10 she was raped by him in an upstairs bedroom of her grandmother's house, then "curled up in a ball and cried".

The case continues.

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