Duke of Edinburgh's ex-aide Benjamin Herman denies sex abuse

Benjamin Herman
Image caption Benjamin Herman pleaded not guilty to the charges. A trial date has been set for 18 May

A former personal assistant to the Duke of Edinburgh has denied four counts of historic sex abuse against a young girl.

Benjamin Herman, of Hook, Hampshire, is charged with three counts of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 13 in the early 1970s, when he was serving as equerry to Prince Philip.

The 79-year-old is also charged with one count of indecency with a child.

Mr Herman pleaded not guilty to the charges at Kingston Crown Court.

The count of indecency with a child relates to a claim he incited the same girl to commit an act of gross indecency between January 1972 and January 1974.

The assaults are alleged to have happened at a house in south-west London used by military personnel, where Mr Herman was living at the time.

He was a serving major in the Royal Marines on secondment as equerry, handling the Duke's private matters and engagements.

He has been bailed and a trial date has been set for 18 May next year. The case is expected to last two weeks.

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