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Suspect's son brands sex abuse case 'a disgrace'

Jersey Royal Court
Image caption The case at Jersey's Royal Court is expected to last up to two weeks.

The son of a man on trial over historic sex abuse allegations has told the jury the case is a "disgrace".

Nicholas Price Marvin, 51, denies 11 charges of sexual abuse. He originally faced 12 charges but one was dropped.

His son, Ryan Lee Marvin, 28, gave evidence at Jersey's Royal Court on Monday in defence of his father.

Most of the charges against Mr Marvin are in relation to two girls. The offences are said to have taken place in the 1990s.

His son told the court the allegations against his father were lies.

'Most ridiculous thing'

Defence advocate Mike Preston told Mr Marvin's son the jury had earlier heard claims he had been abused by his father.

He replied: "That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. There's no way that happened. It's ridiculous.

"What this case has done to his health in the last year is an absolute disgrace."

Advocate Preston also read out a character reference written by Andrew Hibbs, the St Helier RNLI Lifeboat Coxwain.

It described Mr Marvin, of Old St John's Road, St Helier, as a popular, reliable and trustworthy former member of the lifeboat team.

The trial continues.

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