Man is ac­cused of his­toric child sex of­fences

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AMAN has gone on trial over al­le­ga­tions of his­toric sex of­fences against two chil­dren.

An­drew McClean, 45, is ac­cused of in­de­cently as­sault­ing a girl in Mac­cles­field and in his work’s van.

He is also ac­cused of gross in­de­cency with a boy at around the same pe­riod in the 1990s.

Mr McClean, of Daw­son Close, Mac­cles­field, de­nies gross in­de­cency with a child and in­de­cent as­sault.

He is stand­ing trial at Ch­ester Crown Court.

The jury heard claims that when the al­leged of­fences started Mr McClean was in his 20s work­ing as a bouncer at night­clubs across the North West and play­ing for Mac­cles­field Rugby Club.

Pros­e­cu­tor Sarah Badrawy said he en­cour­aged the boy to per­form a sex act in front of him and to look at porno­graphic mag­a­zines.

The court also heard claims that Mr McClean kissed the girl and touched her in a sex­ual way.

One wit­ness told the court that Mr McClean shouted and swore at her when she walked in on him and one of the al­leged vic­tims ly­ing on a bed.

The court heard the sex­ual abuse took place at a house in Mac­cles­field and in the de­fen­dant’s work van.

Ms Badrawy claimed that years later Mr McClean made a drunken apol­ogy to the fe­male vic­tim telling her ‘he loved her too much’, a claim he de­nies.

Kather­ine Pier­point, de­fend­ing Mr McClean, said both vic­tims had made their own com­plaints to po­lice in re­ac­tion to Mr McClean’s al­le­ga­tions that he him­self had suf­fered abuse.

How­ever Ms Badrawy, pros­e­cut­ing, de­scribed Mr McClean’s abuse claims as ‘smoke and mir­rors’.

Pro­ceed­ing

Steve Allen

●● An­drew McClean out­side Ch­ester Crown Court

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