A pensioner has gone on trial accused of indecently assaulting three of his cousins over thirty years ago.
The 67-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his alleged victims, denies a total of twenty five charges of indecent assault between January 9, 1970 and July 15, 1983.
Opening the trial to a Derry Crown Court jury, prosecuting counsel said the alleged injured parties in the case are sisters and they claim the indecent assaults took place at two addresses in the city where the girls lived with their family.
The jury were told that the man was a regular visitor to their home and he was very close to the sisters’ mother.
Prosecuting counsel said the first alleged victim was indecently assaulted by the man between 1974 and 1977. He revealed that alleged abuse only stopped when she was around 18-years-old.
She claims that she was abused by the man in the hall or stairs of her home and he would grab her, spread her legs around his waist, put her against the wall and push himself against her.
This allegedly occurred a number of times.
The court heard that the alleged injured party did not tell anyone at the time because “her mother was very, very fond of the accused and she was afraid of what would happened if she said anything.”
Prosecuting counsel told the jury that the second alleged victim claims that she was first abused by the man in 1979 and this continued until she was eighteen or approaching 19 years-old.
She claims that her cousin would abuse her in the hall or stairs of her home by putting his hand down her top, touching her and making her touch him.
The third alleged victim, and the eldest of the sisters, also claims she was abused by the man in the halls or stairs of the family home and he would push her against wall and push his body against her. She also alleges that he would put his hand down over her chest.
The court heard that this abuse allegedly continued until she was sixteen and only stopped when she began going out with someone.
Prosecuting counsel told the jury the man was interviewed by police in 2009 and denied any indecent conduct with the sisters.
However, the prosecutor told the jurors that he believed once they had heard all the evidence they would be satisfied these three girls were indecently assaulted.