‘Drug-dealer raped young boys in van’

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A Wigan man sexually abused three schoolboys and even involved one of them in a threesome with his girlfriend, a court has heard.

Wayne Kelly “took advantage of their youth, relative naivety and lack of sophistication and was able to manipulate them to fulfil his own sexual desire,” alleged Iain Simkin, prosecuting.

Kelly is on trial at Liverpool Crown Court denying 15 sex and drug offences and his partner, Amy Fairhurst, 20, is alongside him in the dock having pleaded not guilty to three sex offences.

Mr Simkin has told the jury of six men and six women that it is alleged that 38-year-old Kelly became the victims’ drug dealer who provided them with an address where they could take drugs.

“All this was part of a process undertaken by Wayne Kelly to gain the boys’ trust, isolate them and ultimately sexually abuse them,” he said.

The court heard that Kelly, who was then living in Gidlow Lane, Wigan, began supplying the first victim with cannabis when he was just 13 years old and they used to smoke it together.

While he was still only 13 years old Kelly raped the boy, who was high on drugs, and this happened on more than one occasion over the next two years including once in Kelly’s van, alleged Mr Simkin.

The second victim claims he was 14 when Kelly sexually abused him including a “bizarre” request for the boy to rub packaged cannabis over his genital area to rid it of DNA or fingerprint evidence.

Mr Simkin described this as “a highly unusual and signature offence” reflected in a claim of an identical request made to the third victim by Kelly.

In a video recorded police interview played to the jury, the second alleged victim told how one attack happened after they arrived in Kelly’s van in a secluded spot.

Kelly ordered him to take off his shoes and get out even though the ground was wet and muddy and then made him get in the back of the van.

The victim told the court: “He started touching my feet, caressing them, I found it weird and quite scary. He shut the doors of the van and locked it.

“I was proper scared, I was thinking I could be murdered,” he said. “He pushed himself on me and started kissing me. He was on top of me, I was 14, I could not do anything I was too much in shock.”

Kelly then sexually molested him, the boy told the jury.

He went on: “I pushed him off and I said, ‘no, I’m not doing that’ and he said ‘no problem’. He kissed me again and I said ‘I want to go home’.”

He said that Kelly, who was dressed in camouflage uniform, drove him to his friend’s home.

He admitted he supplied cannabis for Kelly. “He made it sound desirable. He said to me ‘I’ve done it for years and never been caught’.”

Mr Simkin told the court that when the victim was 14 Kelly and Fairhurst allegedly had sex in front of him and also involved him in a threesome with them and Fairhurst had sexual intercourse with him on later occasions.

Kelly, of Lower St Stephen Street, Gidlow, denies four charges of rape, three of sexual activity with a child, three of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two of sexual assault and two of supplying cannabis.

He and Fairhurst, of Bridgewater Street, Hindley, both deny engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and Fairhurst also denies two charges of sexual assault.

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