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Co Down man pleads guilty to rape of child

Co Down couple Gary and Heather Talbot. Credit: Pacemaker

A Co Down man has pleaded guilty to a range of sexual offences against a child, including rape, indecent assault and distributing indecent images.

Gary Talbot, 59 and with an address care of Maghaberry Prison, pleaded guilty to 15 of 16 charges put to him at Downpatrick Crown Court.

The charges all date back to between 2001 and 2003.

The charge he pleaded not guilty to related to alleged sexual touching between 2012 and 2014.

Talbot’s 58-year-old wife Heather appeared in the dock beside him and gave her address as Hydebank Wood.

She pleaded not guilty to 12 charges, including aiding and abetting rape, indecent assault, and taking and making indecent photos of a child.

The couple did not look at each other or interact throughout the short hearing.

As both defendants answered each charge, there were gasps and sobs in the public gallery.

The prosecution said that a trial would likely take two weeks.

Both Gary and Heather Talbot were remanded into custody.