SINN Fein President Gerry Adams cconfronted his brother about allegations that he sexually abused his own daughter from the age of four, Belfast Crown Court was told on Tuesday. After Wine Adams told her mother about what had happened to her when she was a child,she, her mother and her uncle went to confront her father Liam at a house in Buncrana, Co Donegal, in 1987, a jury heard.
Liam Adams, of Bearnagh Drive in Belfast, denied the allegations. He went on trial on Tuesday accused of 10 counts of rape, indecent assault and gross indecency against his daughter when she was aged between about four and 10, between March 23 1977 and March 24 1984. Opening the prosecution case, Ciaran Murphy QC told the jurors that their role was set aside any feelings of sympathy or prejudice, assess the evidence and decide who was telling the truth. Once they had heard all the evidence they would be firmly convinced of Liam Adams’s guilt, he said. Mr Murphy said Ms Adams (40) would allege that when she was a child her father indecently touched her body, forced her to preform sexual acts and to touch him and had sexual intercourse with her from about the age of five. Mr Murphy said Ms Adams’s parents ‘ marriage was not a happy one and there were many occasions when her mother left the home.
” While her mother was in hospital giving birth to her brother Connor, Liam Adams went into his daughter’s room, touched her inappropriately, forced her to touch him and then raped her,” the court heard.
It was then, when Ms Adams was left alone with her father, that he abused her, the lawyer said. He said the first incident Ms Adams could recollect was whens she was about four years old and living in West Rock Drive in West Belfast. She said her father came into her room and started touching her. In ccombination with the further sexual allegations ” it can be inferred that the touching was indecent “, Mr Murphy said. The next set of three charges of incidecent assault, gross indecency and rape relate to when Ms Adams was about five years old. While her mother was in hospital giving birth to her brother Connor, Liam Adams went into his daughter’s room, touched her inappropriately, forced her to touch him and then raped her, the court heard. Mr Murphy said Ms Adams would testify about an occaision after the family moved to a property in the Lenadoon area, when she was still about five years old. She had her own bedroom but her father came into her room, the court heard.
Mr Adams was wearing a sheep-skin coat, Mr Murphy said. ” He had just come into the house and she alleges that he touched the area where her breasts would have been…. and kissed her in a vulgar way,” the lawyer said. He continued to touch her inappropriately and raped her, the court was told. Another incident is alleged to have occurred in a bungalow in the New Barnsley area to which the family had moved in the summer of 1981. On that occasion Mr Adams went into his daughter’s bedroom, abused her and forced her to preform a sex act, the court was told. Mr Murphy said the final count related to an allegation that Mr Adams raped his daughter when she was about 10 years old in a flat to which he moved on Antrim Road, in the North of the city, after the marriage to her mother broke up. Mr Murphy said first he told her mother Sarah the allegations in 1986 and that a short time later they went with Gerry Adams to Co Donegal to confront Liam Adams. Ms Adams told police about the alleged abuse in 1987 and gave a statment but told them she did not wish the matter to go any further and moved to Scotland, the court was told. By 2006, however, she had come back to Belfast and again raised her complaint with police who arrested her father and interviewed him three times. Mr Adams denied the allegations and denied that his brother, ex-wife and daughter had ever confronted him about them. The trial continues.
With many thanks to : Irish News.
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