A man accused of raping and sexually abusing his sister has told a jury the allegations are “worse than murder”.

Giving evidence on his own behalf to a Derry Crown Court jury of seven women and three men, the 40-year-old claimed he was an “innocent man”.

The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies a total of ten sex offences between September 1985 and August 1995.

They include rape, attempted rape, indecent assault and incitement to commit gross indecency.

He told the jury that the charges are “absolutely absurd. I am an innocent person. I didn’t do the things I am accused of.”

He claimed that his sister and other family members, including his mother, who were prosecution witnesses, have “perjured” themselves during the trial.

The man further claimed the only reason he could give for his sister making up the allegations was that she has “mental health issues”.