Teenager on trial ac­cused of rapes and sex­ual as­sault

Rochdale Observer - - REMEMBRANCE SPECIAL -

ATEENAGER is stand­ing trial ac­cused of rap­ing two girls and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing an­other be­fore laugh­ing at her.

Jack Wil­liam John O’Shea, of Val­ley View, Whit­worth, 18, de­nies two counts of rape and one count of sex­ual as­sault.

Pros­e­cu­tor Paul Cum­mings told a jury at Burn­ley Crown Court that the al­le­ga­tions came to light af­ter one of the vic­tims, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, con­tacted her mother.

He said: “[She] sent a text mes­sage to her mother in­di­cat­ing she wanted to speak to her ur­gently.

“[The com­plainant] then dis­closed that she had been raped.”

The jury was told that the po­lice were con­tacted.

An­other girl later claimed that she had been raped by the de­fen­dant.

Both com­plainants told po­lice in recorded video in­ter­views that Mr O’Shea had raped them and on both oc­ca­sions put his hands over their mouths to stop them from shout­ing. The court heard that one of the girls said she ini­tially did not tell any­one ‘be­cause she was scared of get­ting into trou­ble’ and the other girl said she was ‘em­bar­rassed and scared to tell any­one.’

Mr Cum­mings told the jury that Mr O’Shea sex­u­ally touched an­other girl on the bot­tom and chest and when she told him to stop he ‘would sim­ply laugh about it and thought it was funny’.

The jury was told that on an­other oc­ca­sion Mr O’Shea asked her to sex­u­ally touch him but she was re­fused and left ‘shocked’.

Mr Cum­mings told the jury: “All of those com­plaints have been ex­am­ined and were then put to the de­fen­dant in in­ter­view.

“When asked about th­ese al­le­ga­tions he de­nies that any­thing like this hap­pened at all.

“He said he has no sex­ual in­ter­est at all in fe­males. He told the po­lice that when he was younger he had dated a num­ber of girls and had girl­friends but he has never been sex­u­ally aroused by fe­males.

“He there­fore says the sug­ges­tion that he had sex­u­ally as­saulted [the com­plainants] is sim­ply not true be­cause he has no sex­ual in­ter­est in the op­po­site sex.”

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