Liam Adams gives evidence in Belfast rape trial

Thursday 26 September 2013 22.18
Liam Adams gave evidence in his trial at Belfast Crown Court today
Liam Adams gave evidence in his trial at Belfast Crown Court today

A 58-year-old west Belfast father-of-six, who is accused of raping and sexually abusing his eldest daughter over 30 years ago, gave evidence in his trial today.

Liam Dominic Adams, of Bernagh Drive, told Belfast Crown Court the allegations made by his daughter Áine never happened and were totally untruthful.

The court heard Mr Adams has four children from his first marriage and two from his second relationship.

He faces ten charges of indecent assault, including three of rape and three of gross indecency, between 1977 and 1983.

The charges came on foot of allegations made by his daughter Áine, who has waived her right to anonymity.

Earlier in the trial, the court heard evidence of an alleged meeting in Buncrana in 1987, where Mr Adams was visited by his brother Gerry, his then wife Sally and his daughter Áine, and where he was confronted about the allegations.

When questioned about this by police in 2007, Liam Adams said no such meeting took place.

Today in the witness box, he said the meeting did happen and that he had not told the police about it.

Liam Adams said he had denied the meeting took place despite the advice of his solicitor.

He said from no age it had been drummed into him to never talk to the police, to soldiers or to the media about his brother Gerry.

In the witness box, Liam Adams said the Buncrana meeting lasted two minutes.

It was put to him that before leaving his then wife Sally said to him "you did it" and he responded "time will tell".

He replied today: "Absolute rubbish. She never opened her mouth."

The defendant gave evidence for over three hours.

He was asked on several occasions about the charges of sexual abuse made against him.

Liam Adams said repeatedly: "Nothing like that ever happened. Totally untruthful."

The trial continues.