Youths were not unwilling, court told

A SUFFOLK man accused of indecently two 17-year-old youths told a jury they never did anything they were unwilling to do.Phillip Carter, 52, of Crowcroft Road, Wattisham, was giving evidence at his trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

A SUFFOLK man accused of indecently two 17-year-old youths told a jury they never did anything they were unwilling to do.

Phillip Carter, 52, of Crowcroft Road, Wattisham, was giving evidence at his trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

Carter denies seven charges of indecent assault. Four of the charges relate to one youth and the other three to his friend.

During the trial, the youths told of bondage and initiation into the "dark side".


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They went to his home to learn martial arts, they said, but claimed that Carter also indecently assaulted them.

Yesterday, when Carter gave evidence he accepted – in a police interview – that sexual activity with the youths. But he insisted they never did anything they were unwilling to do.

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The jury of eight women and four men heard during the trial that the youths visited Carter's home on a number of occasions to learn about martial arts.

There were strip-search techniques, the court heard, and aspects which involved being tied up.

Carter yesterday said: "I always explained what was going on – always", he added, "I was tied up frequently".

He accepted that were circumstances in which intimate touching took place as part of the sessions. But he insisted it was consensual and he never did anything "spiteful" he said.

The court had heard during the trial that in 1994 Carter pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting youths in the west Midlands. Yesterday, however, he claimed he only pleaded guilty to save the youths having to give evidence.

The trial continues today (Tues) when the jury will retire to consider it verdicts.

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