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Blackpool woman denies indecency with boys

Crown Court
Crown Court

A woman who is accused of abusing children along with her husband and his ex wife told police her spouse was a "lovely man".

Thailand national Malee Kadram, 40, of Regent Road East, denies five counts of indecency with a child and one count of indecent assault over allegations she abused two boys aged 13 and eight-years-old.

The court was previously told how, on an occasion between 2002 and 2004, she approached the boys as they slept and exposed her chest.

It is alleged she went on to ‘offer herself sexually’ to the older boy, who was around 14 at the time.

Her husband Derek Jessop, 75, of Regent Road East, Blackpool, denies 10 counts of indecent assault, three counts of rape and one count of attempted rape of young girls between 1961 and 2002.

His ex-wife Lesley Jessop, 64, also stands accused of sex crimes against children.

The victims cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Preston Crown Court heard Kadram had explained the background to meeting Jessop during a police interview following their arrests last October.

During the interview she also denied accusations she had performed sexual acts with a boy and said the allegations were financially motivated.

She said: "I never touched him."

Asked by an officer how she had met Jessop she replied he had been to see her in Thailand, where she worked in a pet shop, after she chose him from a "dating catalogue."

She added: " My friend got a dating site.

"It's got like a catalogue and my friend opened a dating site.

"I go pick Derek's photo so I just write a letter to him and he answered me back.

"He come out to see me first time."

When asked by the officer: " What happened?" she had replied: "Well we just fall (fell) in love."

The couple wed a year later and she got a visa to come to England.

The court heard she had stayed with Jessop's ex wife when she first came to England.

Quizzed about Jessop she said: " He (is a) lovely man, he (is a) good husband. He look(s) after me."

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