Father accused of sex assault

A pensioner has gone on trial at Derry Crown Court accused of sexually assaulting his daughter.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged victim, denies one charge of sexually assaulting a child under 13 on May 4, last year.

Opening the trial to the jury, prosecuting counsel Irina Kennedy said the alleged incident took place when the girl was ten and a half years old and she was being looked after by her father.

The court was told that the girl had a nightmare the previous night, so her father offered to stay with her for a while when she went to bed.

It is alleged the man hugged his daughter quite ‘forcefully’ with one hand while she lay in bed and began to touch her sexually with the other hand.

The jury were told that the girl told her mother about the alleged incident and it was reported to police.

The pensioner was interviewed but denied he had touched his daughter in a sexually inappropriate way.

The trial will resume this morning when the complainant is expected to give her evidence via videolink.