Pensioner in court on sting of rape claims

Kenneth Holmes, 81, of Great Barn Street, Bridlington, accused of rape and sexaul offences.
Kenneth Holmes, 81, of Great Barn Street, Bridlington, accused of rape and sexaul offences.

A pensioner accused of rape and a string of sexual assaults on two children under 16 has appeared at Hull Crown Court.

Kenneth Barry Holmes, 81, of Great Barn Street, Bridlington, made a fifteen-minute appearance before Judge Mark Bury in the dock of court two at Hull Crown Court (Friday September 11).

Holmes now faces charges of rape, specimen charges of sexual touching and a charge of inciting a child into sexual activity.

The offences are alleged to have occurred in Bridlington.

Crown barrister Nichola Quinny said a trial indictment had not been prepared and the charges should not be put to Mr Holmes, as counsel wanted more time.

Defence barrister Jeremy Lindsay said Mr Holmes would deny rape and inciting a child into sexual activity.

No pleas were entered at this stage. Judge Bury ordered Holmes to stand as he told him he was adjourning the case for a trial at Hull Crown Court on November 30.

He apologised for the lack of progress in the case and said he should next appear on September 30.

Holmes was allowed to walk free on conditional bail.

This includes that he is not allowed to enter Bridlington.