Bus stop sex claim

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A MAN who changed his name by deedpoll to a character from TV soap Dallas has been accused of a sex attack on another man.

A jury heard the alleged assault happened after Sue-Ellen Ewing began drinking with the other man – before the alleged victim fell asleep inside a bus shelter near to Fleetwood’s boating pool.

The man, from Blackpool, says he woke to find his clothing undone and Ewing assaulting him.

When Ewing went on to be questioned by police he denied anything sexual had occurred.

The 47-year-old defendant, of Pudsey, Leeds, is on trial at Preston Crown Court where he denies an allegation of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.

Tony Longworth, prosecuting, said the alleged offence was carried out on January 9 and the alleged victim had earlier had a row with his girlfriend and got upset. He was drunk and taking tablets and went out.

He ended up at a bus shelter by the boating pool in Fleetwood.

Mr Longworth said: “The defendant joined him.

“They began to drink together and tell each other their troubles.

“The defendant said his mother was ill and he was separated from his boyfriend.

“Eventually the other male became so intoxicated the conversation drifted into a background noise.

“He lay against the side of the shelter. He drifted off and when he woke up he found his clothing had been undone. The victim was so upset by what happened he was calling out and screaming.”

When later questioned by police, Ewing agreed he had been at the scene.

He asked: “Is this about the man I gave a can of lager to?”

He agreed they had shared drink and talked about personal circumstances.

But the defendant insisted to police no sexual activity or sexual contact had happened between them.

In his defence, Ewing said he was cycling along the Promenade when the chain came off. He ended up at the shelter and drank a can of alcohol when he met the alleged victim.

He added: “I said I had had a row with my boyfriend. I told him my troubles.”

Ewing claimed the other male went on to offer himself for sex.

He added: “I told him I wasn’t interested. He shouted.”

(Proceeding)