Northern Ireland

Ten face Francis McPeake intimidation charge

Francis McPeake
Image caption Francis McPeake was acquitted of sex abuse charges in September

Ten people are to be prosecuted over claims they forced a traditional Irish musician to flee his Belfast home, it has emerged.

Francis McPeake, 72, was cleared in September of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl. The alleged intimidation happened a year before.

Six women and four men are charged with intimidating him to leave his house through force, threats or menaces.

Eight of them are also accused of riotous assembly.

A preliminary investigation hearing is to be held in February to establish if any of them has a case to answer.

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