Man accused of molesting younger siblings changes plea to not guilty

Rosie Mullaley
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A man accused of sexually assaulting his younger siblings for more than a decade has decided he wants his case to go to trial after all.
The man — who can’t be named to protect the identity of the complainants — was back in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s, where he entered not-guilty pleas to more than a dozen charges Wednesday.

The 30-year-old had initially pleaded guilty to the charges, which include sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and uttering threats.

However, in court Feb. 16, after reviewing the facts of the case, he did not agree to accept them and the case came to a sudden halt.

His lawyer at that time, John Kelly, asked to withdraw from the case. His request was granted by Justice William Goodridge.

His new lawyer, Tony St. George, told Justice Maureen Dunn Wednesday that they are ready to proceed to trial.

He and Crown prosecutor Lynn Moore agreed to have the nine-day trial begin Sept. 29.

The man — who is in custody in relation to other charges — was said to have repeatedly molested his two half-brothers and his half-sister between 2001 and 2011. One of the children was five years old when the reported abuse began. The others were seven years old.

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