Birmingham & Black Country

'Oldest' defendant in British history, 101, faces child sex charges

A 101-year-old man - thought to be the oldest defendant in British legal history - has appeared in court on historical chid sex charges.

Ralph Clarke, of Birmingham, faces 15 indecent assault charges, two of inciting a girl to commit an act of gross indecency, 10 of gross indecency and two of attempting a sexual offence.

The charges relate to three children and are said to date from 1974 to 1983.

He did not enter a plea at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Mr Clarke, of Holly Lane, Erdington, has been released on unconditional bail ahead of a plea hearing at Birmingham Crown Court set for 6 June.

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