Crying girl tells of teen’s sex assault
11:00am Thursday 29th August 2013 in Latest News
A YOUNG girl sobbed as she told a jury how she had been molested by an older boy when she was nine or 10 years old.
The child, now aged 14, said family friend Harry Webb had come to her bedroom and pinned her down before sexually touching her.
She told the 18-year-old’s trial at Swindon Crown Court how he tried to force her to perform a sex act on him, but she managed to resist his advances.
Webb, who works part time at MECA in town and at a cafe on Redlands Airfield near his Wanborough home, denies any wrongdoing.
Giving evidence by TV link the girl said she kept what happened a secret for a few years as at the time she had not realised the seriousness of what she said took place.
But she said she eventually told school friends and they persuaded her to tell her parents, which she did last autumn.
She told the jury of eight women and four men how Webb’s family had been visiting their home in the summer of 2008 or 2009 when the incident took place.
They had been outside in bathing suits when she went in to use the toilet and had then gone to her bedroom.
While she was there she said Webb, who would have been 14 or 15 years old, had used the upstairs bathroom and then came into her room.
“He sort of came out of the toilet and then came in. He like pushed me down on to the bed,” she said.
The girl said he then touched her, as she screamed at him to stop.
After she managed to dodge his advances she said he went downstairs to rejoin the two families.
The girl said she sat crying for a few minutes before also returning, telling no one what had taken place.
Benjamin Thele-Long, defending, suggested she was making up the whole thing, which she denied. He asked her why no one had heard her screams or noticed any marks on her arms where she said she had been held down, or that she had been crying.
Giving evidence, Webb said that he had always got on with the girl and could offer no explanation why she would make up such a story.
When he was questioned by the police he told them he believed there had been some bad feeling between the families, but accepted he had got that wrong.
He told the jury he had just finished his A-levels and wanted to work in event management at the MECA.
Claire Marlow, prosecuting, pointed out he also told officers: ‘I’m not going to comment on what happened between us’, but he insisted he had not meant anything untoward had taken place.
Webb, of Magdalen Road, Wanborough, denies attempted rape and two charges of sexual assault on the child under 13.
l The case continues