Man accused of raping girl (12)

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A schoolgirl clutched her teddy bear as she told how a friend of her mum’s raped her on her living room floor.

She said the man had called round, but her mother had gone out shopping and so she made them both a cup of tea and walked into the living room.

The girl, who was 12 at the time and a virgin, said the man then grabbed her from behind, pushed her to the floor and removed her jogging bottoms and knickers.

She said he then took off his trousers and she told a jury at St Albans Crown Court she noticed he was singing as he did so.

The attack is alleged to have happened in August 2011 at the girl’s home in Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

In the dock the 42-year-old man from Spalding pleaded not guilty to rape of a child under the age of 13.

Isobel Delamere, prosecuting, told the court the defendant was a friend of the victim’s mum and would call at their home. Miss Delamere said that, as a result, the mother “trusted the man”.

In court yesterday a video of the girl’s interview with police was played to the jury as part of her evidence to them.

The interview conducted in December 2011 showed the girl, who was then 13, clutching her teddy bear as she answered questions from a female detective.

She said when the defendant called at the house, her mum had gone shopping and she made them both a cup of tea.

She said it was as she made her way into the living room with him that he suddenly grabbed her from behind and pushed her to the floor.

“He told me to take off my clothes and I refused.”

The girl said the man then tore off her jogging bottoms and knickers and had sex with her. She said at one point he put his hand over her mouth to stop her screaming and she said he even called her by her mother’s name.

The case continues.