An 88-year-old man is to face trial charged with sexually abusing three youngsters.
John Marsh appeared at Bristol Crown Court today (January 14, 2022).
Marsh, of High Street in Worle, North Somerset, pleaded not guilty to five charges relating to historical indecent assaults on two girls aged under 14 and one girl aged under 16.
The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Peter Blair QC said a trial into the matter would facilitate complainants giving evidence behind a screen.
Chloe Griggs, prosecuting, said the prosecution would be calling nine witnesses including the three complainants and police officer in charge of the case.
She said a 10-day time allotment for the trial would be sensible.
The judge said the earliest the court could facilitate a two-week trial was October 10.
He released Marsh on unconditional bail until then.
He told the accused man: “If you have health problems you need to make your lawyers well aware of them.
“You need to set out a detailed explanation as to what your side of this case is and why you say you are not guilty.”
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