Teenager frightened to stay with teacher

A TEENAGER was forced to take his clothes off while at the house of his former music teacher, a court heard today.The trial of Derek Cable, an ex teacher at Stowmarket Middle School, today heard from a witness who had stayed with him in January 1982.

A TEENAGER was forced to take his clothes off while at the house of his former music teacher, a court heard today.

The trial of Derek Cable, an ex teacher at Stowmarket Middle School, today heard from a witness who had stayed with him in January 1982.

The man, now 29, told the court he had been due to stay with Mr Cable for a month while his parents were away.

He told the court Cable was highly regarded in the community and was well liked by his parents. However, he added he "begged" his parents not to make him stay there because of the reputation he had among his friends.

The witness said: "When I arrived he closed the door and said we don't wear clothes in this house. He removed his clothes and asked me to do the same. I was very scared. It was exactly what I had expected but worse. I felt I had to, and I did.

"I was forced to carry on as if it was normal," he said.

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After having dinner it was alleged the pair watched a Dr Who program. The witness said: "Before Dr Who started Cable turned off the television and said you will have to come upstairs and watch it with me. I was even more scared then. I cried.

"Mr Cable got into his bed and I sat on top of the bed. I was watching the television. He told me to get into the bed. I did but I sat on the very edge and as far away from him as I could."

As soon as the program finished the witness said he went back to his own room. When he did this he claimed Cable said to him: "I thought you were going to stay with me tonight."

The witness said he replied: "I am not a bender." He added: "I remember I didn't want to have sex with him."

The following evening, which was Sunday, January 3, 1982, the then teenager left Cable's Rattlesden home. He said: "I wanted to leave because I was in fear of being sexually assaulted."

Defending for Cable, Richard Matthews produced television schedules for the night the witness claimed he watched Dr Who. This showed Dr Who was not screened at any time that weekend.

Mr Matthews said: "Your recollection is a false one because you weren't naked at that cottage firstly and secondly if you had have been naked Mr Cable would have been taking an extraordinary risk if any visitor, passer-by or neighbour had seen."

The court was told Mr Cable's house was overlooked and next to a public road.

He told the court he had been in touch with a fellow alleged victim through Friends Reunited.

Earlier a 35-year-old witness was cross-examined by Mr Matthews. The court heard the man had had a "troubled home life" and had stayed the night with Cable "three or four times".

The witness told the court this was the first time he had relived the ordeal, despite seeing a psychiatrist and a counsellor.

He told the court he had visited Cable's house to play the piano but had contact with him after the alleged abuse. "I still views him as a friend," he said. "I didn't know what abuse was at that time."

In the mid 1980s the witness committed a number of petty crimes but he said he did not put this entirely down to be alleged abuse.

Cable, of Edgecomb Road, Stowmarket, denies a total of 21 charges of indecency and indecent assault on five young boys.

The trial continues.

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