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Duffin appeal to be heard in November

A FORMER SDLP councillor convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl has been given a date for appeal, as he continues to turn up to council meetings.

Calls for Brian Duffin to step down have been mounting since he was charged, convicted and sentenced to four months in prison for the offence against a 17-year-old in June 2016.

The girl claimed that he kissed her and touched her inappropriately, as she sat on a sofa in her night attire after he called to her family home.

Mr Duffin’s appeal against his conviction will be heard in Antrim on November 27-28.

Following his sentencing, the 73-year-old said that he would not be resigning from the council.

Mr Duffin, who had denied the charge, resigned from the SDLP in February, pending the outcome of the case but has continued to sit as an independent and attend meetings.

Following the summer break, he was back at a full meeting of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council last week.

Reporters from this newspaper and the BBC were keen to speak to him, but the councillor deftly arrived and departed early, exiting the chamber at Mossley Mill through a side door into a members-only area and leaving his councillor’s iPad on the table.

*READ THE FULL STORY IN THIS WEEK’S ANTRIM GUARDIAN

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