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Court hears of singer's alleged sex assaults

By Matthew Cooper

A woman who claims to have been sexually assaulted as a child by folk rock musician Roy Harper has told a court she later went to watch one of his concerts.

The alleged victim, who cannot be named, told jurors she attended a gig involving the singer-songwriter in an effort to "exorcise" what had happened to her.

Harper (73) of Rossmore, near Clonakilty, Co Cork, denies 10 historical sexual offences alleged to have occurred in Herefordshire in the mid-1970s and 1980.

The Crown alleges that the offences were committed against an 11-year-old girl and another complainant who claims to have been indecently assaulted when she was 16.

Giving evidence from behind a curtain shielding her from the dock and public gallery, the younger alleged victim told Worcester Crown Court she was aged around 16 when she "remembered" being repeatedly abused around five years earlier.

The trial was adjourned until Monday.

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