Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Man forced girl (14) to have sex, court is told

A TEENAGE girl has told a court how she gave into a 32-year-old man's alleged demands to have sex with her when she was aged just 14.

A TEENAGE girl has told a court how she gave into a 32-year-old man's alleged demands to have sex with her when she was aged just 14.

The girl, who is now aged 17 and cannot be named, made her allegations during video-taped interviews with police and a social worker more than two years ago.

In a recording played to Downpatrick Crown Court the girl claimed she eventually let the man have sex with her in his car in a Newtownards carpark.

James McComish (34) of Laburnun Crescent, Comber, has pleaded not guilty to one count of unlawful carnal knowledge and four of indecent assault.

The offences are alleged to have been committed against the teenager between August 1 and October 26, 2000.

Under cross-examination by video link the girl denied suggestions by defence counsel Terry McDonald QC that she had become infatuated with the defendant.

The teenager claimed she had told only a very close friend about the defendant's alleged actions as he had threatened to kill her once.

When counsel suggested she had a "serious crush" on the defendant, the girl said she had never denied liking him, she just disliked what he allegedly did to her.

The girl denied that she intended to have sex with the defendant and broke down as she repeated that he had once threatened to kill her.

A 14-year-old friend of the alleged victim, who also cannot be named, claimed she had confided in her that her friend had been forced to have sex in the defendant's car.

At hearing.

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