Northern Ireland

David Tweed says hearing allegations 'heart-wrenching'

David Tweed
Image caption David Tweed used to play rugby for both Ulster and Ireland

A Ballymena councillor on trial for sexual offences has told the court that hearing details of the allegations against him is "heart wrenching".

David Tweed, 53, who played rugby for both Ulster and Ireland, is charged with abusing two young girls who are now adults, over an eight year period.

Giving evidence at his trial at Antrim Crown Court, Mr Tweed said what was alleged against him never happened.

When details were put to him he said: "It's disgusting every time I hear it."

He added: "It's heart wrenching to hear."

Throughout his evidence Mr Tweed repeated his denials saying "it definitely didn't happen".

He told the jury of ten women and two men that the allegations against him were "totally ridiculous and untrue".

Mr Tweed told the court that when one of the allegations was put to him by police he felt like he had been hit with a sledgehammer: "I felt gutted, angry, disbelief."

The trial continues.

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