Accused ‘not man enough’

FAKE DEATH CASE: Leslie Andrews red Ford on Clifton Drive North next to a police van at the spot where he had allegedly abandoned it with a suicide note inside

FAKE DEATH CASE: Leslie Andrews red Ford on Clifton Drive North next to a police van at the spot where he had allegedly abandoned it with a suicide note inside

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A WOMAN who claims to be the victim of a child sexual assaults has accused her attacker of performing a “Reggie Perrin” act because he was not “man enough” to face his guilt.

Preston Crown Court was told businessman Leslie Andrews went missing days after police contacted him in May 2002 to arrange an interview over claims he had sexually abused a young girl.

Andrews, formerly of St Helier’s Road, Blackpool, is alleged to have faked his own death by leaving a suicide note near a beach, a jury has heard.

The 54-year-old was found last year and now faces 14 counts of indecent assault against the woman – who cannot be named for legal reasons – between May 1997 and May 2002.

Andrews denies all charges.

The woman sobbed while giving evidence as she was cross examined by the defence via video link.

The jury heard details of the abuse which the victim claims began when she was six years old.

She was questioned on evidence she had given to police in two interviews, one in 2002 and one last year when Andrews was arrested.

In the interviews, she told how she had allegedly been the victim of sexual abuse and inappropriate kissing and touching at an address on Watson Road in Blackpool and at St Helier’s Road.

But Robin Kitching, defending, questioned why details of the abuse were mentioned in the recent interview which were left out of the original meeting with police.

He accused the woman of fabricating the details.

He said: “Is it true these allegations are a lie?

“It is absolutely clear you did not tell police about the alleged events at Watson Road, this is because you made them up between the two interviews you had.”

But the woman hit back at the accusations, and said: “If I was lying I wouldn’t be wasting my time. I wouldn’t have spent the last eight or nine years waiting for this time to come. He knows and I know he’s guilty. He’s not man enough to deal with his guilt just like he wasn’t man enough and did a Reggie Perrin.”

Details of the abuse came to light when the victim confided in a friend and then her mother who contacted the police.

Andrews’ car was found by officers on Clifton Drive North close to the former Pontins holiday camp.

The prosecution say it was his intention to give everyone the impression he had drowned in the sea.

But Andrews denies this saying he left Blackpool in 2002 because his debts were mounting up and he wanted to start a new life.