Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Man denies 'house of hell' rapes

A 78-year-old man denies sexually assaulting four young girls between 1949 and 1973

A woman was repeatedly raped in what she called the "house of hell" by a former serviceman when she was a child, a jury has been told.

Reginald Davies, 78, denies sexually assaulting four young girls between 1949 and 1973 in what is believed to be one of the oldest criminal cases in UK legal history.

Davies is accused of committing 15 offences, including rape, over the 24-year period in South Wales.

Under cross-examination by prosecutor Hanna Llewellyn-Waters at Kingston Crown Court, Davies said the allegations were "nonsense".

Referring to a complainant allegedly raped by Davies, Ms Llewellyn-Waters said the woman thought of the place where he abused her as the "house of hell".

"She told us you would buy her gifts the next day to keep her quiet," said Ms Llewellyn-Waters. "Mr Davies, it is a terrible thing to do."

He replied: "I know, it would have been if I had done it, but I have never touched a young girl in my life."

Ms Llewellyn-Waters suggested to Davies that he had "preyed on the innocence" of the four girls, leaving them to carry the burden for the rest of their lives. She said: "You relied on their fear that they would not be believed and told them that they would be taken away from everything they loved." Davies energetically shook his head and said "no".

The former miner, who was extradited from Western Australia in September last year, had previously told the court that the four women - who cannot be named for legal reasons - were in "collusion" and lying. Wearing a black suit, purple shirt and striped tie, Davies listened to questions from Ms Llewellyn-Waters with the help of a hearing loop.

The pensioner was arrested last July at his adopted home of Wanneroo on Australia's west coast after the allegations were reported in the UK in 2008. He denies three charges of child rape, three charges of attempted rape, eight counts of indecent assault, and one count of indecency with a child.

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