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Co Antrim man to stand trial accused of sexually abusing nephew

The 64-year-old appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court

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A Co Antrim man is to stand trial accused of sexually abusing his nephew more than 20 years ago.

The 64-year-old appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court yesterday accused of an attempted serious sexual assault and indecent assault.

He cannot be named to protect the alleged victim's identity.

During a preliminary enquiry hearing the man confirmed he understood the charges, which relate to a four-day period in 1995.

He declined to give evidence or call any witnesses at this stage in the proceedings.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall was told the alleged offences were disclosed through a third party.

A defence lawyer did not contest prosecution submissions that his client has a case to answer.

On that basis Mrs Bagnall granted an application to have the accused returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

She released him on continuing bail of £500 to return for arraignment at a later stage.

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