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Man denies rape and sex assault charges

Published date: 04 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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THE trial of a man charged with the rape and sexual assault of a young boy has begun at Chester Crown Court.

Michael Jones, 24, of Cross o’ th’ Hill Road, Nomansheath, Malpas, is accused of raping and sexually assaulting the boy at least eight times between February 2011 and December 2012 in Ellesmere Port town centre.

Jones has pleaded not guilty at Chester Crown Court to three counts of rape and three counts of sexual abuse.

In his opening statement prosecutor Owen Edwards said the allegations first came to light when the boy’s mother overheard the boy telling his sister about the abuse.

Mr Edwards said: “Following that overheard comment the boy provided an interview to the police. The prosecution say it was a compelling and real account of sexual abuse.

“The prosecution say the boy is a reliable witness and the defence says none of it is true and that someone else is encouraging the boy to make the allegations.”

The trial is expected to last three days with the complainant in the case expected to give evidence tomorrow.

Proceeding.

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