Catholic order men deny 41 abuse charges

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Two members of a Catholic religious order denied 41 charges of sexually abusing young boys when they appeared in court in Northern Ireland yesterday.

Joseph Scally, 61, and Thomas Tierney, 74, pleaded not guilty to the charges at Downpatrick Crown Court. The members of De La Salle Order, are alleged to have committed the offences between 1961 and 1980, in North Antrim, North Down and West Belfast. Mr Scally denies eight charges of serious sexual assault and 18 of indecent assault against 10 boys, while Mr Tierney denies eight counts of serious sexual assault and seven of indecent assault against three boys.