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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Cumbrian child rape accused claims alleged victim ‘put up to it’

A west Cumbrian man who has denied raping a child told police he believes his alleged victim was put up to making a complaint.

Related: Cumbrian family sent rape accused to Scotland instead of handing him to police - court

A jury at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday heard the second day of evidence in the trial of Craig Parker, 31.

Parker is accused of raping a child four times and indecently assaulting and committing an act of gross indecency with another child.

Parker, who used to live in Bransty before moving to his current home in Wokingham Road, Reading has pleaded not guilty to all six charges.

The alleged rape victim, who is now an adult, told police that Parker attacked her when she was seven and again when she was 10.

She took to the witness box yesterday to give evidence about what she said happened to her.

She said that Parker told her he would kill her if she told anyone about what had happened.

When she confided in someone and Parker was confronted, he was sent to live with his father in Scotland a short time later before joining the Army.

He returned to the county three years later and raped her again, she says.

The jury were shown a video recording of the woman talking about the alleged rape to police. She was then questioned by defence barrister Kim Whittlestone and then prosecuting counsel Peter Warne.

Mr Warne said: “It may be suggested that you were put up to this. That is what the defendant said in interview and it is repeated in the documents.”

The woman denied this.

The court heard that she spoke to other family members and a friend years after the alleged rape.

Both victims went to police in January. The trial continues today when the second alleged victim is expected to give evidence.

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