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A DATE has been set for the retrial of a Boys’ Brigade leader accused of abusing two children.

Terence Cawte will stand trial on five multiple-incident counts of indecent assault on a male, one of indecency with a child and two other sexual offences in March next year.

As reported in The News Cawte’s first trial was brought to an early end on Tuesday after the jury at Portsmouth Crown Court had to be discharged.

Cawte, of Maytree Gardens, Waterlooville, is accused of repeatedly abusing two youngsters at his home and at his former bookshop, The Portsmouth Christian Book Centre, in New Road, North End.

The 74-year-old married father-of-three denies the allegations.

It is alleged Cawte had met both the children through his volunteer work as a Captain for the Havant and Leigh Park Boys’ Brigade, between the 1970s and 1990s.

Both alleged victims, one who is now in his 30s and one in his 40s, had already given evidence at the trial.