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Ex-rugby star awaits verdicts in abuse trial

A FORMER Irish rugby international has been cleared of one charge of indecent assault.

The jury is still considering 13 other allegations of child sex abuse against David Alexander Tweed.

Mr Tweed (53), of Clonavon Terrace, Ballymena, Co Antrim, is standing trial at Antrim Crown Court.

The railway supervisor, who is also a Ballymena councillor, was charged with sexually abusing two young girls over an eight-year period from 1988.

The jury will today resume their deliberations after a trial that has lasted more than three weeks.

Mr Tweed was accused of 14 counts of child sex abuse.

He has denied that anything improper happened with the girls, who are now adults.

Irish Independent