Two brothers have been returned for trial to Derry Crown Court on charges of indecent assault on their niece.

The men who cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged victim appeared at a preliminary enquiry at Derry Magistrate's Court today.

The 49-year-old brother was charged with four counts of indecent assault on dates between December 22, 1984 and December 22, 1987.

He was also charged with committing an act of gross indecency with or towards a child on the same dates.

The other brother who is also aged 49 was charged with two counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency with or towards a child on the same dates.

It was accepted there was a case to answer and neither man said they wished to call any witnesses or make any statement at this stage.

Both men were returned for trial to Derry Crown Court on October 22 and released on bail.

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