Man denies sexually assaulting schoolgirl in cellar of Live and Let Live Pub in Ipswich in the 1980s

The former Live and Let Live pub, Wherstead Road, Ipswich

The former Live and Let Live pub, Wherstead Road, Ipswich

The jury in the trial of a Suffolk man who has denied sexually assaulting a schoolgirl in the cellar of an Ipswich pub more than 30 years ago is expected to retire to consider its verdict today.

Before Ipswich Crown Court is Paul Hughes, 59, who was in his 20s in the 1980s when the alleged assault took place in the Live and Let Live pub in Wherstead Road.

Hughes, of Meadowlands Close, Yoxford, has denied indecently assaulting a girl aged eight and 10 between November 1982 and November 1985.

The alleged abuse came to light after the alleged victim confided in her partner in 2014.

She had subsequently given details of the alleged indecency in a text message to her partner in which she described Hughes pulling down her trousers and giving her a chocolate bar after allegedly touching her intimately.

Hughes has denied having any sexual contact with the alleged victim and said he didn’t know anything about the allegation she had made.

The court has heard that he told police he was revolted by the allegation.