Barry Willoughby, aged 46, of Mandale Road, Buttershaw, denies charges

Barry Willoughby

Barry Willoughby

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A woman who said she suffered years of sexual abuse in the 1980s broke down in tears as she told a jury about her ordeal.

The complainant, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had to be given a break by Judge Jonathon Rose as she outlined details of the repeated abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of Barry Willoughby.

The jury at Bradford Crown Court has heard how the woman came forward to police after another complainant found Willoughby via Facebook and his extradition from the US attracted media publicity.

Yesterday the woman alleged Willoughby began the abuse by exposing himself to her when she was only 11 and that he took every opportunity to touch her breasts and bottom before moving on to more serious offending.

The complainant said Willoughby, now aged 46, regularly put his hand inside her knickers and did not appear to be deterred by the presence of other people.

She described how the abuse took place in various locations including a lorry trailer, woodland and even while they were on visits to Halifax swimming pool.

The woman also described an incident in the lorry trailer when she said Willoughby had stuck explicit pornographic pictures from a magazine on the walls.

The complainant, who gave her evidence from behind a screen, sounded tearful on several occasions, but she was able to resume her evidence after the short break.

Willoughby, of Mandale Road, Buttershaw, Bradford, has denied a total of ten charges of indecent assault and two of indecency with a child relating to offences against both of the women in the 1980s.

The complainant said the abuse happened “lots and lots and lots”, but she never told anyone because she thought she would get into trouble.

When prosecutor David Gordon asked her why she thought that, the woman replied: “I just thought I’d get into trouble for letting him do that.”

The trial continues.

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