Boy testifies against father in sex abuse trial

A teenage boy has described to a jury how as a small child he would go to the toilet in his bedroom rather then risk being sexually assaulted by his father when he went to the bathroom.

The 73-year-old accused man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to sexually assaulting and raping two daughters between the ages of four and 11 and sexually assaulting his son from the age of three to six at various locations between 1995 and 2002.

The now 17-year-old boy, whose two older sisters have already given evidence of the sexual abuse they allege against their father, told Ms Isobel Kennedy SC, prosecuting, that his father would hit him and touch his “private parts” as well as forcing him to touch his penis.

He said the abuse would happen in his bedroom or in the bathroom and started when he was about three and continued until he went into foster care when he was six.

The boy said in the bedroom his father would remove his own trousers and tell him to touch his penis. He said he did it sometimes and when he said no his father would hit him and grab his arm to “stick it on his penis”.

He said he would try and get his arm away and was sometimes successful.

He said it would happen once every three weeks or so and he would be upset afterwards.

He said he was sometimes abused in the bathroom when his father would hold and squeeze his “bum” and make him hold his penis. He said it would sometimes go on for about 15 minutes.

He told Ms Kennedy that “a lot” of times he would go to the toilet in his bedroom because he was afraid to go to the bathroom.

He said that on one occasion he went downstairs in the middle of the night and saw his father watching his older sister naked on the television. He said his father was angry and told him to go back upstairs.

The trial continues before Mr Justice George Birmingham and a jury of eight men and four women.


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