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Man tells sex assault jury he did not touch girl
10:40am Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
A MAN has told a jury the allegations that he sexually abused a young girl for a number of years are not true.
Bradley Antill, of Fulmar Place, Grove, near Wantage, has been charged with one count of rape, five counts of sexual assault and eight counts of indecency with a child.
The 46-year-old denies all the charges, which all relate to the same girl, and yesterday gave evidence in his trial at Oxford Crown Court.
Jeannie Mackie, defending, asked her client if he had ever touched the complainant inappropriately when she was younger.
He replied: “I never touched her.”
She then asked him if he had told her she would be taken away and never see her mum and dad again if she told anyone about it.
Antill said: “No, I never said that to her.”
But Rachel Drake, prosecuting, suggested to him during cross examination that the abuse really had taken place. She said: “You threatened her in a very effective way, so she wouldn’t tell her mum and dad.”
Antill answered: “No, that is very incorrect.”
Miss Drake added: “But you were wrong and she told the truth about you in this court room.”
He replied: “No, I find that incorrect.”
Judge Mary Jane Mowat is expected to sum the case up on Monday before the jury retires to consider its verdict.
The trial continues.