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Cumbrian man, 76, on trial for sex offences

A court heard an alleged victim tell how she was repeatedly subjected to sexual abuse by a Cleator Moor man when she was just 11.

William Richardson, now aged 76 and from Melbreak Avenue, denies two rape charges and two charges of indecency against children during the early 1990s.

He appeared at Carlisle Crown Court as his alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, gave evidence for a second day from behind a screen.

The courtroom had to be cleared of press and public twice during the morning’s proceedings when recalling that traumatic period of her life proved too much.

Previously the court heard the victim had been a regular visitor to Richardson’s home because she liked hanging around with the other children there and she had an abusive upbringing at her own home.

However, defence barrister Greg Hoare asked why she continued to go there if she was being subjected to unwanted advances from Richardson which included encouraging her to touch him sexually and sexual intercourse.

The witness replied: “No. It isn’t as easy as that – not all the time no.”

Mr Hoare asked whether the experience was unpleasant and something that she did not want to happen to which the witness replied: “Yes it was.”

The court heard that some of the alleged incidents took place in Richardson’s garden shed and Mr Hoare asked whether she was confusing the location with a shed at her home address.

She said: “No it was not my dad’s shed – I am completely sure about that.”

During the late 1990s the victim was seeing a number of counsellors and psychotherapists and Mr Hoare referred to one report which stated she was being physically abused by her parents and sexually abused by her brother.

The witness said: “No, I have never said anything about my brother.He did it to my sister – he never touched me.”

She added that at the time she had a good relationship with her father and that her mother used to hit them both.

She did not report any of her allegations against Richardson until March 2012 when she was told by a friend that a number of his alleged victims had come forward to report him.

She said: “I just wanted to get it out and talk about it – deal with it and move on.”

Tim Brennand, prosecuting, said that when she was interviewed by police she had said Richardson had given her rewards.

The trial continues.


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