Woman’s ‘decade of abuse’

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A YOUNG Wigan woman who claims she was repeatedly sexually abused as a child glared across a courtroom at her alleged attacker.

The 32-year-old was giving evidence for the second day against Ronald Bain, who denies molesting her and nine other young girls over a 25-year period.

The woman, who like the other alleged victims cannot be identified for legal reasons, told the jury that he had abused her “hundreds of times”. She has told how Bain abused her between the ages of six and 16.

The Liverpool Crown Court jury has heard that the other victims had been abused at similar ages, though for differing periods of time.

Bain, 62, of Smithwood Avenue, Hindley, denies a total of 45 sex offences between 1985 and 2010.

The other accusers include two of the woman’s sisters, and the jury has heard that Bain’s alleged behaviour only came to light after she confronted him in a supermarket car park last year. The sisters had all been unaware that they had all been molested by him.

The woman has told the court that as a child she had told Bain he was “a paedophile” and he told her not to say that.

She claims he regularly abused her, including “grinding” his body against hers, in the bedroom and living room of his home. He also used to take her and other children to Southport beach and would let them sit on his knee “driving” his car.

“There was nothing sexual,” suggested defence barrister, Paul Becker. “Yes, there was,” she replied.

The woman, who said she was a miserable child always crying, added: “He abused me in his bed. He climbed on top of me, that happened loads of times.”

She denied a suggestion by Mr Becker that she had a “vendetta” against Bain. “No. I just want him stopped,” she said, again glaring at Bain in the dock.

Bain denies six charges of rape against two girls, 38 of indecent assault and one of sexual activity.

The case, which is expected to last at least a month, continues.