Half-brother of MP John Whittingdale in court over 'abuse'

Charles Napier Charles Napier appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court

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A legal case against two men accused of historical sex abuse, one of whom is related to a senior Tory politician, has been transferred to a Crown Court.

Charles Napier, 67, from Dorset, who is the half-brother of John Whittingdale MP, is accused along with Richard Alston, 69, from Suffolk.

The men, who appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court, will be tried at Southwark Crown Court on 12 August.

In court on Tuesday, they spoke only to confirm their identities .

Mr Napier is accused of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency.

Mr Alston is accused of five counts of indecent assault and three of gross indecency with a child.

The alleged offences took place in the late 1970s. The alleged victim was 11 years old at the time.

The two men's conditional bail was renewed.

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