Northern Ireland

Allan McKenzie may face retrial for abusing nieces

A Ballyclare man accused of raping two of his nieces may face a retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict on some of the charges.

The jury at Belfast Crown Court failed to reach verdicts on two counts of rape, one of indecent assault and one of gross indecency.

They did convict 49-year-old Allan McKenzie of five charges of indecent assault and two of gross indecency.

The offences were committed against three nieces between 1976 and 1982.

During the trial the jury heard that McKenzie, from Bellevue Place, touched three of his nieces inappropriately when they stayed over at their grandparents' house, his parents.

They also heard that on occasions, McKenzie exposed himself to them and that once, his father had almost caught him in bed with one of the victims.

The jury also acquitted McKenzie of one other count of indecent assault on direction of the trial judge Patrick Lynch QC and a further charge of common assault.

McKenzie was released on bail.

He will find out next week if he is to face a retrial on the remaining charges.