Haverhill man denies sex charges

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A man from Haverhill has told a jury that allegations he raped a schoolgirl were “a pack of lies.”

David Gray, 52, of Ash Grove, is on trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

He has, this week, denied any inappropriate behaviour with the girl, refuting the allegations made against him.

Giving evidence, Gray said that he had never been alone with the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Gray has pleaded not guilty to four offences of raping the teenager and one offence of indecent assault by penetration between June 2008 and January 2010.

The jury are also considering allegations that Gray committed four indecent assault offences against a second girl between 
October 2003 and October 2007.

Prosecuting, Isobel Ascherson said the mother of the alleged rape victim had found social media messages sent by her daughter to Gray.

The court heard that, in one of the messages, the girl had told Gray she did not want any more “funny business”, said Miss Ascherson.

The court heard claims that in other messages the girl warned Gray that she did not like what was taking place.

She said she would let others know if it continued.

The alleged offences against the two girls came to light last summer, said Miss Ascherson.

She said one of the girls had confided in her mother, saying that Gray had been sexually abusing her since she was aged about seven.

The alleged abuse is said to involve Gray indecently touching the girl.

The abuse had continued for about 30 months, the court heard.

The girl said that Gray told her it was “their secret” and said she should not tell anyone else.

Giving evidence, Gray told the jury that he had never been alone with either girl.

He has denied having done anything wrong.

At the time of the alleged offences, Gray said he had been employed as an abattoir worker in Little Wratting.

The trial continues.