Historic abuse case suspect denies claims

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A man is on trial accused of sex offences against a child dating back almost four decades.

David Warburton, 53, was a teenager when he is alleged to have sexually abused a 10-year-old girl at a house in Blackpool.

She tried to avoid being alone with him

Over a three month period in the 1970s, Warburton, of Honister Avenue, Marton, is alleged to have indecently assaulted the schoolgirl on a number of occasions and one time tried to rape her.

He is also alleged to have taken the child to a friend’s house and tried to force her to perform a sex act in front of them.

Preston Crown Court heard the abuse stopped when the youngster spoke to a friend who told her no-one should touch her down below.

Jane Dagnell, prosecuting, said: “At that young age she realised it was wrong and stopped going to him.

“She tried to avoid being alone with him.

“She felt she would be in trouble if she did tell anyone what had happened.”

However when she was 16 she told her mum, who advised her to keep the abuse to herself.

She later confided in her husband and her sister.

Miss Dagnell said Warburton had spoken to his victim’s sister in recent years and had apologised for what he had done.

But following his arrest last year, Warburton denied the allegations and said his victim had “a vivid imagination”.

He claimed to have pushed his victim away when she tried to touch him intimately during a game of doctors and nurses.

He said he had tried to stop an incident taking place at his friend’s house.

Warburton denies indecency with a child, three counts of indecent assault, attempted indecency with a child and inciting the youngster to engage in gross indecency.

He also denies attempted rape.