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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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'Nothing happened,' says ex-soldier accused of raping schoolgirl

A former soldier accused of raping a schoolgirl in the 1980s told a court there was no truth in the allegations he faces.

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Stephen Edward Barlow, 41, took to the witness box in his trial to state: "Nothing happened."

Barlow is charged with six counts of rape, all of which date back more than two decades, when he lived in Maryport.

The woman he is accused of raping was under 16 at this time.

Carlisle Crown Court, where Barlow is on trial, was previously told she contacted the police with her allegations last year.

Barlow, who now lives in Wales, was questioned by defence barrister Matthew Darford yesterday.

Mr Darford said: “You've heard what is alleged against you.

“Is there any truth in it?”

Barlow replied: “None at all.”

Jonathan Dickinson, prosecuting, asked him: “Did you think you'd got away with it all these years?"

Barlow answered: "I never did anything to get away with."

The court heard Barlow was in the Army for 14 years and served in places including Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo.

He denies all six charges. The trial continues.

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