Woman tells court she was raped by Chippenham man at age of 11
4:35pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Latest News
A woman has told a jury how she was repeatedly raped by a Chippenham builder from the age of 11 in the 1980s.
She said David Mullis, who uses the forename Martin, would take her into a shed in his garden where he would carry out the sexual abuse.
The woman, now aged 40, said she finally plucked up the courage to report what had happened after bumping into him in a pub years later.
Mullis, a 65-year-old builder, admits he knew the girl, who he described as 'clingy', in the 1980s but denies doing anything sexual with her.
A video recording of her being interviewed by the police was played to the jury of seven men and five women at Swindon Crown Court today.
She said her family lived close to Mullis and his family, who had a house on Eastern Avenue, Chippenham, and she and her sibling would visit.
During one visit she said he told her she was 'special' and said he wouldn't do anything to her unless she agreed.
She said he then took her to the shed where he had sex with her for the first time, which she said hurt a lot.
Over the following couple of years she told the court the same thing happened again and again, usually in the shed but also in his conservatory.
She said he was always wearing his dirty work jeans when he was having sex with her and on just one occasion she said he got her to perform a sex act on him.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said it started when she was 11 and she remembered him telling her he was aged 35.
She told the jury that he had told her not to worry about getting pregnant as he had been sterilised, which is correct.
Although she told school friends about what had happened at various points of her childhood they were never sure what the truth was, said Mark Worsely, prosecuting.
He told the court that the abuse continued until she got a boyfriend, when she was about 14 years old.
In April last year, he said, the woman was out in a pub when she saw Mullis who came up to speak to her.
"After that she felt ready to go to the police and report the matter," he said.
When he was questioned Mullis said he recalled the child saying she was 'clingy' and always following him around.
"He issued a flat denial in relation to the sexual allegations," Mr Worsely said.
Mullis denies rape and indecent assault of a girl under 16 and the trial continues.