Vi­o­lin teacher ‘got pupil, 18, drunk be­fore rap­ing her’

Daily Mail - - Life - By James Tozer

A LEAD­ING vi­o­lin teacher plied a teenage pupil with whisky dur­ing an al­co­hol­fu­elled game of sar­dines then forced her to have sex with him in the back of his car, a jury heard yes­ter­day.

Mal­colm Lay­field, 63, abused his power as a tu­tor at the renowned Chetham’s School of Mu­sic to rape the 18-yearold, know­ing his abil­ity to in­flu­ence her ca­reer prospects would en­sure she did not speak out, it was claimed.

She only came for­ward two decades later in protest at his ap­point­ment as head of strings at the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic, but did not want to go to court.

More than ten years on, how­ever, she changed her mind, and the teacher went on trial yes­ter­day ac­cused of at­tack­ing her in the early 1980s.

Lay­field ad­mits hav­ing ‘in­ap­pro­pri­ate’ re­la­tion­ships with a num­ber of stu­dents, the jury was told, but in­sists his six-week af­fair with his ac­cuser was con­sen­sual through­out. The prom- ising young vi­o­lin­ist had been taught by Lay­field at the Manch­ester mu­sic school from her mid-teens, the court heard, leav­ing Chetham’s when she was 18.

But that sum­mer she and a num­ber of fel­low pupils went to a cottage in Corn­wall for a sum­mer school or­gan­ised by Lay­field and his wife.

On the fi­nal day Lay­field pre­pared a ‘strong, al­co­holic punch’, Peter Cad­wal­lader, pros­e­cut­ing, told Manch­ester Crown Court.

He then sug­gested they played the party game sar­dines – squeez­ing into con­fined spa­ces around the cottage – the court heard. ‘Alarm bells be­gan ring­ing when she re­alised that wher­ever she tended to end up, the de­fen­dant ended up, and at the same time he was ply­ing her with whisky from a bot­tle that he was car­ry­ing,’ Mr Cad­wal­lader said.

Lay­field then used her ‘be­fud­dled’ state to per­suade her to get into his car, drove her to an iso­lated spot and at­tacked her, Mr Cad­wal­lader said.

The woman told po­lice: ‘There was no vi­o­lence but he was us­ing his strength. I sup­pose I just gave in and I’ve hated my­self for that ever since.’

Mr Cad­wal­lader said Lay­field ‘knew per­fectly well’ that she was not con­sent­ing to sex, but went ahead any­way.

The fol­low­ing term, he said, she be­gan study­ing at the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic, also in Manch­ester, and still taught by Lay­field.

She ‘re­luc­tantly’ had sex with him con­sen­su­ally on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions, said Mr Cad­wal­lader, adding: ‘He had power over her progress at the col­lege and in­flu­ence over her fu­ture ca­reer within the mu­sic world.’

Lay­field, of Manch­ester, de­nies one count of rape.

The trial con­tin­ues.

De­nial: Mal­colm Lay­field

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