Pensioner accused of child sexual offences

Kenneth Holmes, 81, of Bridlington, accused of rape, penetration, sexual touching and inciting a child into sexual activity in Bridlington between 2005 and 2013.
Kenneth Holmes, 81, of Bridlington, accused of rape, penetration, sexual touching and inciting a child into sexual activity in Bridlington between 2005 and 2013.

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

Kenneth Barry Holmes, 81, of Great Barn Street, Bridlington, made a five-minute appearance before Judge Paul Watson, QC, in the dock of court two on Monday.

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

The offences are alleged to have occurred in Bridlington on a girl between 2005 and 2013.

Crown barrister Charlotte Baines said the four charges were replacing old ones and should not be put to Mr Holmes as was initially scheduled. She said prosecuting counsel wanted more time.

Defence barrister Francis Dunning said Mr Holmes would deny rape and inciting a child into sexual activity. No pleas were entered at this stage.

Judge Watson, QC, ordered Holmes to stand as he told him he was adjourning the case for a trial at Hull Crown Court on November 13. Holmes was allowed to walk free on conditional bail.