Girl tells jury of indecent assault

A MAN accused of indecently assaulting an Ipswich school girl asked her to take down her trousers so that he could take a picture of her bottom with his camera phone, it was alleged yesterday.

A MAN accused of indecently assaulting an Ipswich school girl asked her to take down her trousers so that he could take a picture of her bottom with his camera phone, it was alleged yesterday.

In a video played to a jury at Ipswich Crown Court the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed that Nigel Burns, had pretended to play a game with her.

"He took pictures of his thumbs and fingers and nostrils and I had to guess what part of the body it was" she said.

She claimed he had then asked to take a picture of her bottom. " I said he would have to do it with my trousers on." The video which was filmed shortly after she made the allegations against Burns.


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She claimed that Burns had kept asking her to take down her trousers and to make her underwear into a thong and she had eventually done as he asked.

"I thought why are you asking me to do this?" said the girl.

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She claimed that Burns had taken a picture of her bottom while she was standing up and had then told her to bend over.

"I did bend over like when you start off doing a roly poly. I was on my knees and my hands were on the floor."

She claimed that Burns had also taken pictures of her bottom on other occasions and had indecently touched her.

Burns, 29, of Swallow Road, Ipswich, has denied three offences of indecently assaulting the girl.

Giving evidence, Burns admitted that he had a camera phone but denied ever taking pictures of the girl's bottom or any other indecent pictures of her. He also denied twisting her underwear to make a thong or indecently assaulting her.

He said he was very upset and shocked when he learned of the allegations.

The case continues.

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