Ballyclare man found not guilty of abusing his nieces

Ballyclare man found not guilty of abusing his nieces at Belfast Crown Court on Wednesday

A MAN who was once was convicted of sexually abusing three nieces has been acquitted of all charges.

Allan McKenzie was found not guilty on Wednesda at Belfast Crown Court, of the last of 11 charges against him after a Crown lawyer offered no evidence.

The case against the 50-year-old can only now be reported after reporting restrictions were lifted.

It can now be revealed that that last week, following a two week hearing, a jury found him not guilty of ten other sex offences.

McKenzie, from Bellevue Place in Ballyclare, had been accused of sexually abusing three nieces, including allegations that he had raped two of them, on dates between January 1977 and September 1982.

At the end of his first trial in September 2011, a jury had found him guilty of five charges of indecent assault and two of gross indecency committed against three nieces.

However, the jury failed to reach verdicts on two counts of rape, one of indecent assault and one of gross indecency.

McKenzie was never sentenced for those crimes and the new trial was ordered by the Court of Appeal, who quashed those convictions.

His three nieces, who are all in their 40s now, had alleged they were subjected to bouts of sexual abuse and indecent exposure when they went to stay over at their grandparents’ house, McKenzie’s parents.

McKenzie counterclaimed there was “absolutely” no truth to the allegations made against him.


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