Historic child sex matters adjourned

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

A trial date for an Albany man accused of indecently dealing with children more than three decades ago is yet to be set after State prosecutors requested a further adjournment.

Kenneth Ernest Norman made his first appearance in Albany District Court on Tuesday after previously pleading not guilty to 24 historic child sex charges last year.

The court heard the State prosecution was not in a position to present the indictment formally and requested a further adjournment of just under two months, but the matters would proceed.

Mr Norman is denying 19 counts of indecently dealing with a child aged under 14, three counts of indecently dealing with a girl aged under 13 and two counts of unlawfully and indecently dealing with a girl under the age of 13.

It is alleged the incidents occurred between 1971 and 1980 in Albany, Bremer Bay, Shark Bay, Walpole and Bremer Bay.

Child abuse squad detectives originally charged Mr Norman as a result of their investigation, alleging he had sexually assaulted three girls under the age of 14, who were known to him, between 1970 and 1978.

Judge Michael Bowden adjourned the matters until another trial listing hearing on August 29.

Mr Norman’s bail was renewed.

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