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Police hope to complete examining computers in sex abuse case involving Co Down couple, court hears

Gary and Heather Talbot

POLICE investigating a married couple accused of abusing an infant girl hope to complete examining their computers, a judge has heard.

Gary and Heather Talbot today appeared at Downpatrick Magistrates Court via videolink from custody, one from Maghaberry and the other from Hydebank, where District Judge Amanda Brady heard additional alleged victims have been identified.

Last week, the court heard that more complainants had been identified. A prosecution lawyer told the court that "they have yet to be located".

Defence solicitor John Keown revealed today they only related to Gary Talbot.

Mr Talbot (58) and his 57-year-wife Heather, from Kinghill Avenue in Newcastle, are jointly charged with gross indecency with a child, inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency, indecent assault and three counts alleging they possessed, made and distributed indecent images of a child.

In addition, Mr Talbot faces two counts of rape and his wife a count of aiding and abetting rape on dates unknown between 2001 and 2003 when the alleged victim was aged between approximately 18 months and five years.

The couple's home was initially searched last October when devices, computers and a laptop, were seized.

Mr Keown told the court there will be a fresh bail application in the High Court on behalf of Mrs Talbot in the coming weeks.

Judge Brady said not withstanding that application she was remanding then both back into custody to appear again via videolink on March 22.

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