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Pensioner accused of indecently assaulting child 

A pensioner from Douglas will stand trial after being accused of indecently assaulting a child. 

74-year-old Thomas St John Neville Bates, of Mona Street, appeared at Douglas Courthouse today.

He's also been accused of committing an act of gross indecency - a charge which can only be tried at the Court of General Gaol Delivery. 

Both offences are said to have taken place on or about July 3rd this year.  

Committal proceedings - where the case is elevated to the higher court - will take place on December 14th.

He's been bailed until his next court appearance on December 4th.  


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