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Full file still pending on former Celtic youth football coach Jim McCafferty who is charged with child sex offence, court hears

Jim McCafferty is charged with sexual activity with a child

A FULL file has not yet been received on a former Celtic Football Club youth coach and kitman charged with a child sex offence, a prosecutor said.

Jim McCafferty (70) was involved in football in Scotland and Ireland from the 1980s and was arrested in Belfast last month after walking into a police station.

He was charged with engaging in sexual activity with a child in Northern Ireland aged 13-16 between December 2011 and December 2014 and appeared on Thursday before Belfast magistrates court via video link from prison, where he is being held for his own safety.

A Public Prosecution Service (PPS) lawyer said: "A full file has been requested and is still outstanding."

A detective constable told an earlier hearing she could connect the accused with the charge.

Officers are still working on the case before the final conclusions of the investigation along with all the evidence can be handed to prosecutors.

McCafferty, originally from Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, but more recently living in Raby Street in south Belfast, was formerly a kitman at Celtic, Hibernian and Falkirk.

The defendant was accused of sexually touching a boy aged under 16.

He is being held in prison as no suitable address is available, police told a previous hearing.

The defendant made his way into the video link booth using a Zimmer frame.

He was remanded in custody to reappear before the same court remotely on January 16.

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