Trial of ex-Celtic kit man on child sex abuse charges is de­layed over med­i­cal re­port

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY MICHAEL DONNELLY

LAWYERS for for­mer Celtic kit man Jim McCaf­ferty have been given a fi­nal op­por­tu­nity to lodge med­i­cal re­ports with the court.

The 71-year-old, for­merly of Raby Street in south Belfast, was to have been ar­raigned yes­ter­day at the city’s Crown Court, as he was last week, on child sex abuse charges.

How­ever, de­fence bar­ris­ter Patrick Tay­lor told Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland that although a promised med­i­cal re­port would be avail­able, it would not now be de­liv­ered un­til early next week.

Mr Tay­lor, on be­half of McCaf­ferty, asked for the case to be ad­journed un­til then for the med­i­cal from a lead­ing psy­chi­a­trist­tobe­serve­donthe­p­ros­e­cu­tion and the court.

Judge McFarland said that he was will­ing to give him “ex­tra time’’ and ad­journed the ar­raign­ment un­til Septem­ber 27.

The judge told Mr Tay­lor that on that date McCaf­ferty “has to an­swer his bail and be ar­raigned’’.

McCaf­ferty was re­turned for trial from Belfast Mag­is­trates Court in May this year on eight charges of in­ten­tion­ally touch­ing a boy un­der the age of 16.

The of­fences were al­leged to have been com­mit­ted in Belfast on dates between 2012 and 2015.

The ac­cused was ar­rested last De­cem­ber af­ter giv­ing an in­ter­view to a news­pa­per and then walk­ing into a Belfast po­lice sta­tion.

McCaf­ferty, who pre­vi­ously lived in the Glas­gow area, worked at Celtic FC more than 20 years ago.

Ac­cused: Jim McCaf­ferty

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