THE west Belfast father-of-six accused of raping and sexually abusing his eldest daughter over 30 years ago, totally denied all of the allegations when first questioned by police in 2007.
A police officer told Belfast Crown Court that Liam Adams even denied that any of his family - including his eldest daughter Aine, her sister Sinead, his former wife Sarah or his Westminster MP brother Gerry Adams - had ever confronted him about the sex abuse claims.
The jury heard that by the end of the inter-viewing session on February 15 2007, Mr Adams told police: "I'm denying all of those allegations and I'm pleading not guilty."
Liam Adams from Bernagh Drive, denies a total of 10 charges of sexual abuse involving Aine, including three of rape, three of gross indecency and four of indecent assault between March 1977 and March 1983.
However, yesterday Aine's sister Sinead Rosbotham claimed that her father had confessed to her during a "really tense, really awkward, really horrible" confrontation in an aunt's house at Christmas time 2002.
Later when Eilis McDermott QC, defending, suggested Mrs Rosbotham's father had made no such confession, she replied: "Well I know he did, and he knows he did".
Her husband Sean Rosbotham said he was also present at the confrontation and that he "took it he (Liam Adams) admitted it. He did not deny it".
Mr Adams's interviews with police were read to the court. When asked had he "ever been aware of these allegations", of sex abuse, he replied: "No", later adding: "No. The first time I heard was when my solicitor told me."
He also denied that Aine and his former wife and brother Gerry Adams had travelled to Donegal to confront him.
"This didn't, definitely didn't happen," he said.
As details of Aine's abuse claims, made in December 2006 in a video-taped interview, in which she alleged her father told her to tell no-one of their intimate touching, and that one day they would "run away to Kerry", were put to him, Mr Adams denied them.
"No that's not true, honestly not true... there's no way I done any of them things," he said.
Later as more specific details of his daughter's complaints were put to him and he was asked how he felt, he replied: "Feel like s****. "I don't know why like, you know... I'm not like that (abuser), I'm not that type of person."
The court heard that police also detailed allegations made by his daughter Sinead, in which she claimed he admitted to her that "yeah" he had abused her sister Aine, but those "demons" would have to be dealt with by them alone.
"Could I just utterly refute that, utterly. Right I'm not guilty of saying anything like that there... to Sinead," Mr Adams told police.
She told Ciaran Murphy QC, prosecuting, that when she asked her question: "Liam was like horrified, shocked that I came out with it. He said 'yeah that happened but that's between me and Aine'."
In cross-examination from Ms McDermott, she agreed that what her father had said was "a startling revelation".
Mrs Rosbotham, and later her husband, also accepted they had even been to his home for dinner. However, when presented with a photograph of a smiling father and daughter sharing a chair together, Mrs Rosbotham denied she was 'relaxed' in the snap.
"I look like I am relaxed... a Kodak moment... I don't feel relaxed now... but if you ask me to smile I could," she said.
The trial continues.
n Court: Left, Aine Adams at court yesterday. Above, her father, the man accused of abusing her, arrives at court PiCtureS: Hugh Russell