Northern Ireland

Former Rockport Preparatory School principal on sex charges

The former headmaster of a private school in north Down has appeared in court charged with indecent assault.

John Agg Large, 72, of Spilsby in Lincolnshire, was principal of Rockport Preparatory School in Craigavad between 1974 and 1986.

After resigning his position, he moved to England where he still lives.

He pleaded not guilty at Downpatrick Crown Court to the 10 charges, which are alleged to have happened between January 1980 and January 1986.

It is not known if the alleged victim was one of his pupils.

The pensioner appeared frail, and was helped into the court by two women.

The trial is due to begin in December and is expected to last for one week.