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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Girl sobs as she tells Cumbrian court how she was groped

A teenage girl broke down as she told a court how she was groped by a middle-aged man in a disused quarry at nighttime.

Mark Klein photo
Mark Klein

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The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was giving evidence via video link when Judge Barbara Forrester halted the proceedings. The sobbing complainant was being cross-examined about the night she alleges that Mark Andrew Klein, 46, of Carlisle, touched her bottom and tried to kiss her.

Klein, of Charles Street, off Fusehill Street, has admitted giving her a lift on his motorbike but has denied engaging in sexual activity with a child. He has also denied five other charges. The girl, who was 15 at the time, alleges that Klein took her to a disused quarry and that both of them climbed over the fence.

Crying, she said that Klein touched her on the bottom before she broke away from him. She added: “I was scared because it was dark and I knew it was a place we were not supposed to be.”

She also claimed that Klein ran and left her when he thought someone was coming.

It emerged earlier in the trial that the two had communicated online after the incident.

But Cecilia Pritchard, defending, confronted the girl with evidence of a text message taken from the girl’s phone in which she claimed Klein had tried to rape her.

Sobbing, the girl said she did not write the message.

“Why would I carry on talking to him if that had happened?” she said.

Miss Pritchard claimed Klein never got off the motorbike to go into the quarry.

The court also heard that she had programmed his name into her mobile phone as “paedo Mark” so she did not mistake him for the other Marks in her phone.

The case continues.

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