Vi­o­lin teacher ac­cused of rap­ing ‘vul­ner­a­ble pupil’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - CHRIS OSUH

ARESPECTED vi­o­lin tu­tor ‘raped’ a teenage girl while work­ing at the city’s ‘world-renowned’ Chetham’s School of Mu­sic, a court has been told.

Mal­colm Lay­field is al­leged to have gone on to work as head of strings at the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic in 2001 - de­spite man­age­ment learn­ing of the al­le­ga­tion against him.

A Manch­ester Crown Court sex trial has been told he raped a ‘vul­ner­a­ble’ Chetham’s pupil in the back of his car on a school trip dur­ing the 1980s.

In a video of a March 2013 po­lice in­ter­view played to the jury the com­plainant, now a mid­dle-aged woman, said: “I didn’t want it - I was plied with drink, I was in the mid­dle of nowhere.”

Mr Lay­field, 63, of Vic­to­ria Pit Ma­rina, Higher Poyn­ton, who is also known as John Lay­field, de­nies rape.

The jury has been told it may be asked to con­sider whether there was ‘an el­e­ment of the cast­ing couch in­volved’ in the case.

The court heard the com­plainant went on to have con­sen­sual sex with the teacher for six weeks.

“There was no af­fec­tion, there was no ro­mance, noth­ing. It was just him abus­ing his power to get sex... noth­ing apart from stiff drinks in the bar and sor­did sex in the back of his car. My self-es­teem was at rock bot­tom - I was Mal­colm’s bit on the side,” the woman said.

The woman told po­lice that when she was at at Chetham’s Mr Lay­field was ‘very friendly’ and the ‘teacher to be with’.

De­scrib­ing the al­leged rape that led to the ‘af­fair’, she claimed he ‘tar­geted’ her on a sum­mer school event or­gan­ised by him and his wife, con­fid­ing in her about an ‘ af­fair’ he was con­duct­ing in Lon­don.

On the last night of the trip, its al­leged, Mr Lay­field ‘plied’ the vic­tim with whisky dur­ing a party game of ‘sar­dines’.

“At this point I was star­ing to get wor­ried”, she said, “but I still thought it’s not go­ing to hap­pen to me.”

He is later al­leged to have or­dered the pupil into his car, where the al­leged attack took place.

The woman said: “He was go­ing to have sex with me and there was not a thing I could do about it... I was in dan­ger.

There was no vi­o­lence but he was us­ing his strength. I sup­pose I just gave in and I have hated my­self for that ever since... he’s a real bully... I hate him.” ●● PRO­CEED­ING

●● Mal­colm John Lay­field leaves court af­ter the first day of the trial

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