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Assault accused tells of 'total shock'

PUBLISHED: 12:41 01 May 2003 | UPDATED: 13:48 03 March 2010

IPSWICH man Samuel Ross vehemently denied carrying out a number of sexual assaults on a girl.

Ross, 47 took to the stand at Ipswich Crown Court where he denied indecently touching the girl who cannot be named for legal reasons.

IPSWICH man Samuel Ross vehemently denied carrying out a number of sexual assaults on a girl.

Ross, 47 took to the stand at Ipswich Crown Court where he denied indecently touching the girl who cannot be named for legal reasons.

He told a jury of seven men and five women when he heard of the allegations he was "totally shocked"

"I was just so astounded being accused of it" he told the court. The accusations made him speechless.

When cross-examined by prosecutor Samantha Leigh he said he had a good relationship with the girl and believed he was set up.

"Our relationship was pretty good" he said, "we got on well". Before telling the jury "all I can think of is I must have been set up".

Shop fitter Ross of Woodbridge Road, Ipswich denied he touched her "down below" and denied touching her breasts.

He said before he heard about the allegations he wasn't aware of any difference in her behaviour towards him.

At an earlier court hearing giving evidence on a video link the girl told how on one occasion Ross subjected her to a 15 minute indecent assault.

She confided in a friend who found her in tears following a more serious assault.

Two days later she told her mum who confronted the alleged attacker.

Ross denied seven accounts of indecent assault, the jury has been instructed to return a not guilty verdict for one of the counts.

The jury is expected to retire to consider it verdicts today.

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