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More time granted for medical report in case of former Celtic kit man Jim McCafferty

Former Celtic FC kit man Jim McCafferty

LAWYERS for former Celtic kit man Jim McCafferty have been given another opportunity to lodge medical reports in court.

The 71-year-old, formerly of Raby Street in south Belfast, was to have been arraigned at the city's Crown Court yesterday on child sex abuse charges.

However, defence barrister Patrick Taylor told Judge David McFarland that although a promised medical report would be available, it would not be delivered until early next week.

He asked for the case to be adjourned until then for the report from a leading pyschiatrist to be served both on the prosecution and the court.

Judge McFarland said that he was willing to give him "extra time'' and adjourned the arraignment hearing until September 27.

He told Mr Taylor that on that date McCafferty "has to answer his bail and be arraigned''.

McCafferty, who was not present in court for the brief hearing, was returned for trial from Belfast Magistrates' Court in May this year on eight charges of intentionally touching a boy under the age of 16.

The offences were alleged to have been committed in Belfast on dates between 2012 and 2015.

He was arrested last December after giving an interview to a newspaper and then walking into a Belfast police station.

McCafferty, who previously lived in the Glasgow area, worked at Celtic Football Club more than 20 years ago.

He was also a kit man for other Scottish clubs, including Falkirk and Hibernians, before moving to Northern Ireland around seven years ago.

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