Northern Ireland

Coleraine abuse court: 'No medical evidence' of 1,000 rapes

A forensic medical officer found no evidence to back claims by an alleged child sexual abuse victim she was raped 1,000 times, a court has heard.

Three men are on trial at Coleraine Crown Court accused of sexually abusing two siblings during the 1990s.

One of the alleged victims said last week she had been raped 1,000 times.

The doctor, who examined her many years later, was asked by a defence lawyer if she found anything to support her claim. "No there wasn't," she replied.

She said she did find some scars, as well as other injuries that could have healed in the intervening years.

The court was also told by the alleged victim's mother that when her daughter confided in her that she had been "touched sexually" by her father, she had contacted social services.

The alleged victims are a brother and sister from Northern Ireland. They allege they were abused by their father, uncle and a family friend, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The three defendants face 56 charges, including multiple counts of rape, gross indecency, assault and cruelty. They deny all the charges.

At the beginning of Monday's hearing, an agreed statement was read out in court, in front of the jury, outlining how two of the defendants pleaded guilty in the past to sexual offences against another member of their own family.

The trial continues.