Jury in trial of renowned Suffolk harpist and former teacher accused of indecently assaulting schoolboy hears closing speeches

Richard Barton-Wood at Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/PA WIRE

Richard Barton-Wood at Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/PA WIRE - Credit: PA

The jury in the trial of a former Suffolk teacher and a world renowned harpist accused of sexually assaulting a schoolboy more than 30 years ago has started hearing speeches from barristers in the closing stages of the case.

Harpist Danielle Perrett outside Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/PA WIRE

Harpist Danielle Perrett outside Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/PA WIRE - Credit: PA

Before Ipswich Crown Court are Richard Barton Wood, 68, of Church Street, Wymondham, who has denied seven offences of indecent assault and one of attempted indecent assault and Danielle Perrett, 59, of Bridge Street, Alpheton, who has played the harp for The Queen and several prime ministers.

She has denied six offences of indecent assault.

The allegations date back to the 1980s.

It has been alleged that Perrett sexually assaulted the boy after undressing and getting into bed with him during a visit by him and Barton-Wood to her London flat.


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Barton-Wood, a former teacher at Claydon High School, is alleged to have separately sexually assaulted the boy during the same visit.

The jury is expected to retire to consider its verdicts next week.

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