Derry GP charged with child sex abuse

Derry GP charged with child sex abuse

A local general medical practitioner has appeared at a preliminary enquiry hearing at Londonderry Magistrates' Court on Friday charged with child sex abuse offences.

Dr Lee Casey, 52 and who is based at the Oakleaf Medical Practice in Great James' Street Health Centre, faces two charges of indecently assaulting two female children. He denies the offences.The first offence is alleged to have occurred between 1 October, 2005 and 31 October, 2006. The second offence is alleged to have taken place between 1 April, 2006 and 1 May, 2006.At the start of the preliminary enquiry hearing a solicitor for the Public Prosecution Service applied to District Judge Barney McElholm to have two other charges withdrawn.Those charges related to the defendant allegedly committing a sex act while being a person of trust by indecently touching the same two complainants in a sexual manner.The application to have those charges withdrawn was granted by the District Judge.Asked by the court clerk if he had received documents relating to the holding of the preliminary enquiry hearing, the doctor replied yes.When asked if he had anything to say in answer to the two charges of indecent assault, the defendant replied: "Definitely, not guilty."The defendant further replied "not at this stage" when asked if he wished to give evidence, call witnesses or tender documents.The Public Prosecution Service solicitor submitted that based on the papers before the court, she believed the defendant had a prima facie case to answer.The District Judge said based on the same papers he found there was a prima facie case.Dr Casey's defence barrister, Ivor McAteer, said he was making no submissions at this stage.The defendant, who was accompanied in court by members of his immediate family, was released on his own bail of £200 to appear before the city's Crown Court for his arraignment on the two charges on 8 September.As part of his bail conditions, he must continue to reside at his Mansefield Grove home in the Waterside area of the city.


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