Sex case jury to consider verdict

THE jury in the trial of a former teacher at a Suffolk school accused of sexually assaulting a pupil nearly 30 years ago is due to retire to consider its verdicts today .

THE jury in the trial of a former teacher at a Suffolk school accused of sexually assaulting a pupil nearly 30 years ago is due to retire to consider its verdicts today .

Before Ipswich Crown Court is Alan Stancliffe, 58, of Pontefract who has denied three offences of indecent assault on a former pupil at Kesgrave Hall School near Ipswich between 1978 and 1980.

The court has heard that Kesgrave Hall was a private boarding school which catered for 40 boys between the ages of 11 and 16 who had been excluded from mainstream schools for disruptive behaviour.

Stancliffe was employed as a woodwork and technical drawing teacher at the school between 1978 and 1980.

It has been claimed that Stancliffe sexually assaulted the alleged victim once or twice a week over a period of a year in his dormitory cubicle.

Stancliffe has denied the allegations and told the court it would have been impossible to do what the boy claimed without other pupils seeing.

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The jury has been told that Stancliffe was convicted in 1999 of seven offences of indecently assaulting three Kesgrave Hall pupils between 1977 and 1980. The court also heard that in 1982 after he left the school he was convicted of three offences of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy.