Man denies sexual assault of a school girl

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A man from Nayland is denying allegations that he sexually assaulted a schoolgirl, a court has heard.

Thomas Gibbons, 74, of Bures Road, is this week on trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

Gibbons has pleaded not guilty to seven alleged offences, all said to have been committed between 2005 and 2012.

He is accused of three offences of sexual assault by penetration of a girl aged under 13 and three offences of sexual assault of a child aged under 13.

Gibbons is also charged with one offence of sexual assault of a girl aged under 13 alleged to involve a another schoolgirl.

The jury has heard allegations that Gibbons had assaulted one of the girls at a caravan he owned.

Prosecuting, Nicola May said the girl had never received any sex education at school and at the time had thought that what it was claimed Gibbons had done was normal behaviour.

Giving evidence, Gibbons admitted that he knew the girl and said he had visited the caravan with her.

He strongly denied that anything inappropriate or sexual had taken place on any occasion.

The trial continues with the jury expected to retire to consider verdicts tomorrow (September 23).