Pensioner on trial over child sex offences

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A SOUTH Holland pensioner is to face trial over three charges involving sexual touching of a 14-year-old girl.

Bernard Pratt (73), of Delph Road, Long Sutton, has pleaded not guilty to three charges.

He appeared at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. He is accused of kissing the girl on the lips, touching her leg and breast and touching her breast and the back of her neck.

The charges arise from alleged incidents between January and March this year.

The hearing was adjourned to November 17 for committal papers to be prepared for a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court.

Pratt had his conditional bail extended.