Leeds scout leader accused of rape of girl, 14

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A Leeds scout leader accused of raping his under-age ex-girlfriend 20-years ago with the help of the new woman in his life has gone on trial at a court in the south.

Mark Innes, 43, of Park Wood Crescent, Beeston, Leeds, and registered child-minder Sharon Stow, 40, of East Drive, Orpington, Kent, have pleaded not guilty to the charges at Croydon Crown Court.

Prosecutor Jonathan Loades told the jury the girl was 14 years old and walking near Innes’ flat in Orpington High Street in the early 1990’s.

She was said to have dated Innes since she was either e11 or 12 years old.

Mr Loades continued: “By now Mr. Innes had a new girlfriend, Miss Stow, and the complainant was aware she was being followed.

“She was forced into an alleyway by Miss Stow and Mr Innes was there and they grabbed her and forced her into his flat and the bedroom, where she was subjected to further abuse at his hands.

“She was raped with the assistance of Miss Stow.”

The court was told that the girl went to a Christmas party in 1991 Innes began to develop a relationship with her despite her age – she was 11 or 12 years 
old at the time and he was 18 or 19.

“Mr Innes gave her the keys to his flat, but the beginnings of sexual contact occurred in the scout hut and the complainant enjoyed the contact and enjoyed the fact she was being kissed and touched,” said Mr Loades.

“She was scared of losing him, of the relationship coming to an end.”

The jury were told that the girl became pregnant when she was 13 and Innes had arranged for her to have an abortion.

It is alleged that after it Innes forced her to have sex.

“She was in pain and said 
no, she was crying, she was scared, but despite her resistance he forced her legs 
apart and raped her,” said Mr Loades.

Innes has pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape, one count of unlawful sexual intercourse and another serious sexual offence.

He also denies four counts of indecent assault.

Stow has pleaded not guilty to aiding and abetting rape and aiding and abetting the serious sexual offence.

All the charges relate to the period between January 22, 1990 and January 22, 1994.

The hearing continues

Liam Sircar

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