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Feniscowles pensioner faces 15 child sex charges
A 70-YEAR-OLD man has gone on trial accused of 15 charges of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 13.
Terrance Saunders, of St Michael’s Close, Feniscowles, yesterday appeared before a jury to face 14 counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency which allegedly took place in the 1970s.
During the first day of the trial, which is expected to run into next week, the Preston Crown Court heard details of the alleged incidents which the victim told the court had ‘plagued’ her physical and mental health.
Prosecution barrister Eric Lamb said the victim was subjected to a recurring pattern of assault that included groping and instructions to touch him.
He said Saunders, who the court was told had been married for over 50 years and was a former Scapa Dryers employee, also made the girl take part in games of strip poker.
Giving evidence via videolink the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she decided to come forward last year after attending counselling.
She described Saunders as a ‘domineering and charismatic man’.
She said: “He is a charming, domineering man who is overpowering and overwhelming as a person.
“I didn’t fully understand what it was he was doing to me but I knew that it wasn’t right.
“For the last seven years I have been struggling with the facts and I had never done anything about it until after I had been seeing a counsellor for two years.
“The abuse I suffered as a child has caused me physical and physiological damage and has plagued my health.”
Representing Saunders, barrister Alistair Webster, said the allegations had been made because the victim wanted financial help from Saunders.
The trial continues.