Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Trial set for pair on historical allegation­s



A Runcorn man and woman have appeared in court charged in connection with historical allegation­s.

Roy Woodward, 56, of no fixed address, appeared via videolink from custody at Chester Crown Court where he pleaded not guilty to a range of charges relating to the same complainan­t.

He denied nine counts of indecent assault against a child some covering multiple allegation­s, indecency with a child, three counts of rape of a girl under 16, and two counts of rape of a woman.

Anna Pope appeared for the prosecutio­n, Andrew McInnes for Roy Woodward and Maria Masselis for Gaynor Woodward.

Judge Patrick Thompson presided.

A trial date was fixed for Monday, January 10 with a seven-day estimate.

Counsel and the judge agreed a timetable for case progressio­n and submission­s.

Roy Woodward was remanded back into custody.

The court heard his trial is due to take place before his custody time limit expires.

Gaynor Woodward, 57, of Worcester Court, Runcorn, denied one count of child cruelty.

Judge Thompson granted Gaynor Woodward bail on condition of non-contact with the complainan­t.

The case relates to alleged historical offences.

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