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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Man raped girl then threw £5 note at her for 'treat', court told

A man raped a schoolgirl in a house and then threw a £5 note at her for “a treat”, a court has heard.

Stephen Barlow, 41, is charged with six counts of rape, all of which date back to the late 1980s when he lived in Maryport.

His alleged victim was under 16 at the time.

Jonathan Dickinson, prosecuting at the trial at Carlisle Crown Court, said Barlow – who now lives in Wales – told the girl she would “never be loved”.

Mr Dickinson said: “The first time he raped her he told her he would show her how to be loved.

“He would throw a £5 note at her on a couple of occasions,” Mr Dickinson also said.

The court was told that the girl contacted the police with her allegations last year.

A recording of her interview with an officer was shown to the jury.

“I just accepted that nobody would believe me,” she said.

“It was locked away and that is where I wanted it to stay.”

She also said Barlow had given her money after some of the alleged rapes.

“He would say ‘there’s a treat’ and throw £5 at me.”

The woman also appeared in court and gave evidence behind a screen.

She said she was worried how Barlow might react if she spoke about the alleged events.

“I always thought my life wouldn’t be worth living.

“It was easier keeping the secret.”

Matthew Darford, defending, said her allegations were untrue.

He added: “Stephen Barlow is a man of impeccable character.”

Barlow has pleaded not guilty to all six charges.

The trial continues.

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