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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Trainee teacher denies showing boy obscene photo - court

A trainee teacher on trial for abduction showed a boy an obscene picture, a court was told.

Related: Cumbrian trainee teacher accused of abducting five boys

John Nathan Alexander Dougan, who volunteers for a west Cumbrian youth organisation, has been accused of taking five 12-year-old boys on unauthorised trips.

Dougan, 20, of Chaucer Road in Workington, has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of child abduction, claiming he did not know the rules of the organisation.

A video of a police interview was played to the court in which one of the complainants claimed that Dougan shown him an obscene picture on his Blackberry Torch phone.

Dougan has admitted that there had been such a picture but has denied showing it to the boy.

Giving evidence via video link at Carlisle Crown Court, several boys said that Dougan had taken them to various places across west Cumbria.

Some of the boys agreed that they had called the defendant up and asked him to give them a lift from time to time. One also agreed with Jonathan Clarke, defending, that Dougan was “nice, friendly and helpful”.

But another had protested when he asked Dougan where they were going and he told them Allonby.

He claimed that the car only got as far as Netherhall School in Maryport when one of them had threatened to call his father if he refused to turn around.

The boy added that none of the boys in the car had the time had asked the defendant to go there.

But Mr Clarke, defending, said “It wasn’t him [Dougan] making the decision, it was you.”

He said that the boys phoned him for lifts because they were bored and “looking for something to do”.

The police heard that Dougan had also slept in the same room as four of the boys during a trip to the North East.

The case continues.

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