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Renowned Suffolk harpist and former Claydon High School teacher deny child sex offences in court

PUBLISHED: 15:04 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:04 03 January 2018

Danielle Perrett leaving Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: ARCHANT

Danielle Perrett leaving Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: ARCHANT

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A Suffolk schoolboy was allegedly seduced more than three decades ago by a renowned harpist who he described as “smelling of roses”, a court has heard.

Richard Barton-Wood, 68, of Church Street, Wymondham, Norfolk, arrives at Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/PA WIRERichard Barton-Wood, 68, of Church Street, Wymondham, Norfolk, arrives at Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/PA WIRE

The teenager had travelled to London with former Claydon High School teacher Richard Barton-Wood to watch Danielle Perrett play the harp for guests at a hotel, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Following the performance the teenager and Barton-Wood, who was engaged to Perrett in the 1980s, went to her flat and the boy was given her bed to sleep in, said William Carter, prosecuting.

“As he lay in that large bed Danielle Perrett came into the bedroom and he watched as she got undressed and got into the bed and cuddled up to him and got on top of him,” alleged Mr Carter.

He claimed that Perrett had sex with the teenager who later described her as “smelling of roses”.

Harpist Danielle Perrett outside Ipswich Crown Court, where she is facing allegations of indecent assault, alongside Richard Barton-Wood. Picture: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/PA WIREHarpist Danielle Perrett outside Ipswich Crown Court, where she is facing allegations of indecent assault, alongside Richard Barton-Wood. Picture: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/PA WIRE

“He found her attractive and he thought she was nice and the sex was nice. They stayed in bed afterwards and fell asleep,” said Mr Carter.

He claimed that Barton-Wood had come into the room and got into bed with them and had started touching the alleged victim’s penis but the teenager had turned away.

The next morning the boy was having a shower when Perrett allegedly joined him and performed a sex act on him.

Perrett allegedly had sex with the boy on three further occasions, said Mr Carter.

Perrett, 59, of Bridge Street, Alpheton, has denied eight offences of indecent assault.

Barton-Wood, 68, of Church Street, Wymondham, Norfolk, has denied six offences of indecent assault, one of attempted buggery and one of attempted indecent assault.

The allegations date back to the 1980s.

Mr Carter claimed the alleged victim of the offences had been sexually assaulted by Barton-Wood on his boat which he kept at Pin Mill and at a house in Debenham.

Following his arrest Barton-Wood denied having any sexual contact with the alleged victim and Perrett claimed the teenager had pushed her against a wall and rubbed himself against her in her bathroom.

They said that when the alleged victim contacted them following the alleged offences they thought he was going to blackmail them.

The trial continues.

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