Rape trial begins for Sudbury man

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The owner of a Sudbury garage has this week gone on trial accused of raping three schoolgirls.

Trevor Wright, 67, of Ballingdon Street, is alleged to have committed the offences more than 25 years ago.

Wright, who is known as Tim, has pleaded not guilty to five offences of rape and seven offences of indecent assault.

The offences are alleged to have all involved the three same girls and to have been committed between 1977 and 1989.

Prosecuting, Andrew Thompson told Ipswich Crown Court that some of the attacks took place at Bridge Garage in Ballingdon Street, Sudbury.

The jury heard claims that Wright committed one of the alleged rapes in a car at his workshop.

Other offences were alleged to have taken place at a stables where Wright kept a horse, said Mr Thompson.

Wright is also accused of sexually assaulting a schoolgirl in a swimming pool while he was on holiday in Devon.

Mr Thompson said that Wright had pleaded guilty to six offences of indecent assault on three girls.

Wright was described by Mr Thompson as “an opportunist” who committed offences, for which he was now on trial, when he knew there was no one else around.

Mr Thompson said: “They took place at his place of work in a vehicle kept at the garage for a customer and at stables where he kept a horse.”

Wright had told police that he had been a heavy drinker and that he suffered from memory problems, the jury heard.

One of the alleged victims, giving evidence via recorded interview, said that Wright had never used any form of contraception when he allegedly a had sex with her.

Most attacks took place at the stables with only one involving her being in the back of a car at the garage.

The witness said that although Wright had never told her not to speak about what happened, she had felt unable to tell anyone at the time.

The trial continues.