Published Friday, 27 September 2013
Aine Adams (left) arrives at court for the hearing. (© Presseye)
On Friday, giving evidence at the Belfast Crown Court trial of 58-year-old Liam Adams, Mrs Claire Smith said she had "absolutely not" suffered any sexual abuse at the hands of her father.
The 29-year-old married mother-of-two said her father "was always there" when she was growing up.
Adams, from Bearnagh Drive, is charged with 10 offences including rape, indecent assault and gross indecency against his 40-year-old daughter Aine more than 30 years ago on dates between March 1977 and March 1983.
He denies all charges.
Aine, who is Liam Adams' eldest daughter from his first marriage, has testified that between the ages of four and nine, her father raped and abused her at various addresses the family lived in including when her mother was in hospital giving birth and when she was in bed beside her brother.
Aine has waived her right to anonymity.
On Friday, another daughter of Adams', who cannot be identified because of her age, also testified.
She was asked by defence lawyer Joe Brolly if "anything ever happened to you from your dad that ever caused you concern?"
"No," she simply replied.
During Friday's proceedings the statement of retired social worker Sheila Brannigan was read to the jury where she described becoming involved with the Adams family in January 1987 after the allegations were first made.
In it, Mrs Brannigan recounts that at no time did she ever receive a request from the RUC to ask Aine's mother Sarah to meet them in the city centre.
Previously, Aine's mother Sarah Campbell claimed in her evidence that a decision was made to withdraw the complaints because of a perception the police were more interested in her husband and his associates than the allegations of abuse.
The final decision came, she told the jury, after the social worker passed a message to her that police wanted to meet her in the city centre.
However, Mrs Brannigan's statement said no such request had been made and that even if it had, she would have written it down and told her senior manager.
Now retired senior social worker Mrs Frances Donnelly told the jury that "at no time was that [request] ever raised, discussed or recorded".
"Definitely not," she told defence QC Eilis McDermott, "it would be totally outside procedures."
Friday's proceedings brought a close to the evidence section of the trial.
Closing speeches and submissions will begin on Monday morning.
The trial continues. At hearing.
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