Man facing child abuse charges ‘faked death’

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 BUSINESSMAN facing child sex allegations faked his own death by leaving a suicide note near a beach, a jury was told.

Leslie Andrews, 54, wanted people to believe he had drowned in the sea at St Annes, after he parked his car with the note inside and disappeared.

He went missing just days after police contacted him in May 2002 to arrange an interview with him over claims he had sexually abused a young girl.

Andrews, formerly of St Helier’s Road, Blackpool, was not traced until last year when he was arrested in Yorkshire, a jury at Preston Crown Court was told.

Paul Cummings, prosecuting, said: “He left a suicide note in the car and it was his intention to give the impression to the police and everyone else that he had drowned in the sea.”

“The prosecution say he faked his own suicide and he was not seen by those who knew him for eight years.

“He was arrested by the police in Yorkshire in 2010.”

When interviewed, Andrews denied the sex allegations.

Andrews has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of indecent assault against the girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – between May 1997 and May 2002.

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