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Ireland rugby star David Tweed charged with indecently assaulting a child


A FORMER Ireland rugby international has appeared in court charged with indecently assaulting a child.

David Tweed (53) played for Ireland and Ulster.

The Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) councillor in Ballymena in Antrim is accused of abusing a girl, who is now an adult, on a number of occasions over a nine year period.

He denies the charges

The case has been ongoing but there were reporting restrictions until today

At the trial in Antrim Crown Court, the woman was cross-examined by the defence counsel.

She told the court that she made an original complaint at Coleraine police station in 2007.

When the judge sought clarification and asked if there had been a detailed and extensive search for such a record he was told there had been and no record was found.

The alleged victim, known only as X, was asked by defence counsel why she didn't mention the alleged abuse in a statement to police in 2007.

She said she was worried how her future husband might react.

She added that she also did not want her family and friends to know.

The alleged victim said that she only decided to bring the case after months of counselling. Her cross examination is now over.

Mr Tweed played for Ireland in the 1995 World Cup.

The trial continues.