Former priest denies child abuse

Published Thursday, 22 November 2012
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A former priest has denied sexually abusing a boy more than 20 years ago.

Former priest denies child abuse
Former priest James Martin Donaghy, pictured. (© UTV)

Standing in the dock of Belfast Crown Court on Thursday, 54-year-old James Martin Donaghy pleaded not guilty to four charges of indecent assault and one of common assault, all allegedly committed against the same boy on dates between 1 January 1989 and 5 May 1989.

Although Donaghy, from Lady Wallace Drive in Lisburn, is accused of indecently assaulting a male child, the alleged victim's age was not disclosed and no details of the case were given in court during the short hearing.

Defence QC Eugene Grant and prosecution lawyer Amanda Brady told the court there were numerous legal applications to be dealt with before the case came to trial, adding they estimated any trial would last around a week.

Listing the case for review next month, Judge Corinne Philpott QC told the lawyers the trial would take place next March unless she could find an earlier date.

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