Former vice principal denies indecent assault

Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.

Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.

A retired grammar school vice principal has pleaded not guilty to indecently assaulting a female more than 20 years ago.

In the dock on Thursday at Craigavon Crown Court was Francis Noel Stroud of Sandymount Mews in Dunmurry.

He is accused of indecently assaulting a woman on a date unknown between September 1 and December 31 1994.

At the time of the allegations Stroud was a teacher of mathematics and vice principal at Hunterhouse College in south Belfast.

The 70-year-old father-of-three pleaded not guilty to the single charge when it was put to him.

At a previous hearing a prosecuting lawyer claimed the legal papers “disclose a case to answer”, a submission which Stroud’s defence solicitor conceded.

No details regarding the circumstances of the case were revealed in court.

Stroud was released on this own bail of £500 and ordered to appear for trial at Craigavon Crown Court on November 28.