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Woman says 'sex assault' was not horseplay

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 12, 2012

Swansea Crown Court

A 68-YEAR-OLD man has gone on trial accused of indecently assaulting a girl 15 years ago.

David Dowling denies assaulting the girl when she was aged seven.

His alleged victim, who is now an adult, cannot be identified for legal reasons. She gave her evidence to the jury at Swansea Crown Court by videolink.

She says Dowling put his hands inside her trousers and assaulted her.

She told the jury there was pornography on a television during the assault.

"There was porn on the TV. He put his hand down my trousers and started feeling around," the alleged victim told the jury.

She said he had also touched her while she danced and at one point had lain on top of her and she had told him "no".

"I remember I was dancing and he said 'Keep dancing' and he started touching my body. The song was 'Ooh Ah...just a little bit'. I remember that," she said.

The victim, who broke down in tears while giving her evidence to the court, said after the attack Dowling "bribed" her not to tell anyone about the incident by buying her a play tent.

Dowling, of Waun Gron Road, Treboeth, denies a single charge of indecent assault from between May 1997 and May 2000.

The victim told the court she "could not remember it all" and said she struggled to remember details, including what Dowling was wearing at the time of the assault.

She said she was "about seven" when the attack happened. "Maybe younger. I can't remember," she added.

She said the allegations came to light after her ex-boyfriend sent a message to a relative on social networking site Facebook which forced her to reveal the alleged incident.

She said she had not told anyone about the assault at the time because she was too young to know it was wrong and said she had tried to "block it out" in later years.

She said she then told family members before she made her statement to police.

Huw Rees, defending Dowling, asked the victim if she thought his actions could have been "horseplay".

"Why would there be any need to lie on top of a child?" she replied.

Mr Rees asked: "Do you think you have taken something totally innocent and thought about it for so long and thought there was something wrong with it?"

"No, I don't," she replied.

Mr Rees asked: "Are you making something out of absolutely nothing?"

"I don't think I have made anything up," she responded.

The trial continues.

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