Man ‘tried to groom 10-year-old schoolgirl with drink’
A man allegedly gave a 10-year-old schoolgirl alcohol, money and cigarettes with a view to sexually abusing her, a jury has heard.
Prosecuting lawyer Amanda Brady told the Belfast Crown Court jury that in the Crown’s view, Colin ‘Beep' Shaw (44) was “trying to build a relationship with the child to gain her trust and that in his mind he wanted it to turn sexual at some stage”.
Mr Shaw, with an address at the Hosford House Hostel on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast, denies charges of sexually assaulting a child, meeting a child following sexual grooming and two counts of child abduction on dates between September 2 and 9 last year.
Opening the case against Mr Shaw, Ms Brady told the jury that his alleged misconduct came to light on September 9 when the girl's parents called police because she had not come home by 9pm.
The schoolgirl later told police she had met Shaw in an alleyway off the Woodstock Road and that he had given her a bottle of WKD alcopop and cigarettes before he took her to Laser Quest at the Ozone Leisure Complex.
The 10-year-old alleged that Mr Shaw had twice kissed her on the cheek and hugged her.
The lawyer said the girl further claimed that previously he had forced her to go with him into the city centre.
When Mr Shaw's property was searched police uncovered drawings of their two names “intertwined”, receipts for a mobile phone and SIM card, a poem written about a girl with the same name as the 10-year-old and a map with every nursery and school in east Belfast circled.
In police interviews, Mr Shaw claimed his behaviour towards the girl was innocent. At hearing.