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Closing arguments are due to be heard this morning in the trial of a man accused of five counts of indecent assault against a minor in Kerry.

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The man, who cannot be named, denies the charges which are alleged to have occurred between May and October 1977.

Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard the man indecently assaulted the girl, who was aged 14 at the time, while she was staying with his family during the summer holidays.

She told the court she couldn’t understand what was happening but was frightened and shocked by it.

She said the man’s wife used to shout at her when she refused to go upstairs to dress beds because she was afraid the abuse would continue.

She first made a complaint to gardaí over 30 years later.

Detective Garda John Hurley and another garda called to the man’s house in March 2009 and put the allegations to him.

The man said the allegations were a ‘complete fabrication’ and the woman was making it up because he had had an affair with her mother and she was sour over this.

He said he could not remember her staying in the house but his wife did.

The trial continues this morning before Judge Sinéad Ní Chúlacháin and a jury of seven women and five men.