Court hears of further sexual claims

IPSWICH Crown Court heard that a woman with learning difficulties, who claims a bus driver sexually assaulted her, alleged that her father had also abused her.

IPSWICH Crown Court heard that a woman with learning difficulties, who claims a bus driver sexually assaulted her, alleged that her father had also abused her.

The evidence emerged during the trial of bus driver Joseph Page who denies indecent assault. He told the court he drove a mini bus picking up mentally and physically disabled people and taking them to a centre in Ipswich.

The 49-year-old said his boss had warned him not to let one particular woman sit in the front of the bus.

Last year the woman was crying alone at the back of the bus and Page asked her what was wrong, the court heard.

Page said: "She told me the previous night her dad had been in her bedroom and he had done this to her. She made a thrusting movement."

Page told the court that after seeking advice he decided not to report the incident unless she made further allegations.

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Page, of Romney Road, said that last November he was taking the woman, who was in her 20's home and she had become annoyed because Page would not let her sit in the front of his bus.

He said he had eventually allowed the woman to move towards the front and sit behind his seat so she could hear the music on the radio more clearly.

Page said when she was the remaining passenger to be dropped off home she had called out his name. Page said: "I heard her say 'Joe' and I did not answer. Then again 'Joe'. I said 'what?' And for a brief second turned my head towards her. She made a gesture, she had her hand on her crotch and said 'weh hey'."

Page said he threatened to tell her mother if she didn't stop. He then took her home.

The woman alleged that Page touched her intimately and told her to touch him.

The trial continues.

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