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Woman accused of sexually molesting a girl 15 years ago allegedly told her it was their 'wee thing', court hears

By Paul Higgins

A woman accused of sexually molesting a little girl 15 years ago allegedly told her it was their "wee thing," a jury heard today.

Opening the prosecuting case against 30-year-old Karen Walker at Downpatrick Crown Court, prosecuting lawyer Samuel Magee claimed Walker touched the girl's private parts and incited the alleged victim to touch her after telling her "I'll be the man and you be the woman."

He told the jury of seven men and five women that sometimes, Walker reversed the ascribed roles but that she allegedly told her victim the alleged sexual activity was "our wee thing."

Walker, from the Bexley Road in Bangor, is on trial denying two charges of indecent assault and three counts relating to acts of gross indecency with a child on dates between 1 January 1998 and 17 January 2000 when her alleged victim was between seven and 10 years old.

Mr Magee said while he accepted Walker herself would have been a young teenager at the time of the alleged abuse, "she was old enough, we say, to know what she was doing and to comprehend how inappropriate her actions were."

Warning the jury to set aside any feelings of sympathy or prejudice but to approach the case in a dispassionate way when seeking the truth of what happened, the lawyer described how the alleged victim could remember the first incident when Walker convinced her to change her lower clothing to track suit bottoms before allegedly touching her private parts.

"She even remembers the brand of track suit bottoms," said Mr Magee adding that on the Crown case, she changed at Walker's behest "to make it easier for the defendant to access the young girl's intimate parts."

Claiming that this alleged behaviour continued on other occasions, Mr Magee told the jury how they would watch a 55 minute video of the alleged victims interview with police where "she will say this wasn't simply a one off" and there were other incident where she was touched inappropriately or when Walker "got on top of her and began rubbing herself" against the girl.

He outlined that although not the subject of any charge, the complainant would testify there were times when she went to the toilet with Walker when the defendant would allegedly touch herself in front of the girl, advising the jury that they may wish to consider that evidence when deciding where the truth lay.

Walker was arrested and interviewed about the allegations in August last year but denies any wrongdoing.

"We will invite you to consider the detail that she is able to give when giving her account," Mr Magee told the jury, "whether she is reliving the experiences or if she has invented them.

"You may also want to ask yourselves why the complainant, now in her mid 20's, would make it up after all this time, what would be the point in making up such a story?"

The trial, expected to last three days, continues. At Hearing.

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