Published Tuesday, 10 September 2013
The allegations are alleged to have taken place over a five year period. (© UTV)
The Belfast Crown Court jury of eight men and four women heard claims that the now 30-year-old's aunt would hit him with a brush shaft or the handle of a feather duster.
It was also alleged that his aunt would encourage two of her sons to mistreat him and when they did, the 63-year-old woman would laugh at him.
Prosecuting lawyer David Russell told the jury the pensioner "actively encouraged her sons to behave in a cruel fashion towards him and sometimes, would laugh as they did so".
Prosecuting lawyer David Russell said the alleged victim could remember incidents when his cousins, who are now aged 36 and 38-years-old, forced his head into a rock pool and laughed at his struggles to breathe, threw a "concoction of sauces" over him while he slept and covered him in black paint but then refused to let him wash.
The jury also heard allegations that when one was a trainee electrician, he stripped wires from the TV in the bedroom he shared with the alleged victim and used the wires to "give him an electric shock".
In total, the 63-year-old woman denies six charges of common assault and one of child cruelty, her 38-year-old son denies seven counts of assault and one of indecent assault while her other 36-year-old son denies four counts of common assault, three of indecent assault and one of buggery with all of the offences alleged to have occurred on dates between October 1992 and October 1997.
Mr Russell told the jury the 30-year-old alleged victim could remember his 38-year-old cousin forcing him to touch him and engage in sexual activity in the bedroom they shared together.
Although the victim was only abused by that cousin on one occasion, the jury heard further claims that the alleged victim's 36-year-old cousin subjected him to repeated and numerous bouts of sexual abuse.
Mr Russell claimed there was one incident where the defendant told his cousin he "wanted to have sex with him," abused him and then ordered him not to tell anyone.
All three were arrested after police were alerted to the allegations, but denied anything wrong doing.
"We say at the end of the trial and the evidence and despite those denials, you will be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt of the guilt of the accused," declared Mr Russell.
The trial continues. At hearing.
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