THE TRIAL of a doctor accused of committing historic sex offences against a young boy has been delayed.

Dr Robin Borthwick, 79, of Southend Road, Bradfield, has been charged with committing five counts of indecent assault on an eight-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The offences are alleged to have been committed during the 1970s and 1980s at three locations; two in private properties and also the GP surgery.

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After making a singular court appearance at Reading Magistrates Court in January this year, Dr Borthwick has since been declared unfit to stand trial.

A trial of facts was due to start at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday (October 18).

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However, this has now been delayed until Thursday morning (October 19) due to delays in finishing up a previous trial in the same court.

A jury has been sworn in but the opening of the case has been delayed.

It is unknown yet whether Dr Borthwick will be required to attend the trial or not. Recorder Neil Millard is due to make a decision on this prior to the opening of the trial on Thursday.

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Dr Borthwick worked at Theale Medical Centre and Calcot Surgery during the time of the offences.