Northern Ireland

Liam Adams facing trial on sex charges

Liam Adams
Image caption Liam Adams appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court

The brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams is to stand trial accused of a catalogue of sex offences, a judge has ruled.

Liam Adams faces a total of 18 counts, including rape, gross indecency and indecent assault.

The charges relate to the alleged abuse of his daughter Aine Tyrell, who has waived her right to anonymity.

Mr Adams, 56, originally from west Belfast, denies all claims being made against him.

The allegations were reported when Ms Tyrell took part in a television documentary in 2009.

He was extradited to Northern Ireland earlier this month after losing a legal battle to remain in the Republic of Ireland.

Mr Adams appeared for preliminary enquiry proceedings at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Monday.

A district judge granted a prosecution application for the case to progress to the next stage.

She returned the accused for trial at the Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

Mr Adams was remanded back into custody until that hearing gets underway.