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Girl offered sex for cash, court hears

PUBLISHED: 21:08 07 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich roofer accused of sexually abusing two schoolgirls has told a court that there was no truth in the allegations.

Bartholomew Hoey, 62, said the two girls, aged about 11, were lying when they said that he had indecently touched them and raped one of them.

AN Ipswich roofer accused of sexually abusing two schoolgirls has told a court that there was no truth in the allegations.

Bartholomew Hoey, 62, said the two girls, aged about 11, were lying when they said that he had indecently touched them and raped one of them.

Hoey, of Nacton Road, Ipswich, has denied ten offences of indecent assault, one offence of indecency with a child and one offence of rape.

It has been alleged at Ipswich Crown Court that Hoey had touched the girl's breasts and genital areas and had raped one of them.

Some of the offences allegedly happened in a pigeon loft in Hoey's garden.

Giving evidence yesterday he told the court that the girls had visited his house and had done chores for his wife in return for money.

He claimed that one of the girls had offered him sex in return for money and he had walked out of the room.

He said he had not liked or trusted the girls and had caught one of them stealing money from him.

Giving evidence yesterday, the younger of the two girls claimed that Hoey had tried to bribe her with cigarettes and money.

She denied the suggestion by defence counsel David Richards that she was lying and that she had in fact stolen cigarettes and money from Hoey.

The girl told the court she enjoyed watching soap operas such as Coronation Street and Eastenders, but denied that conversations she told police she had with Hoey had come from a soap opera.

The trial continues.

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