Sudbury: Men accused of raping girl, 14

A TEENAGER was raped by a Suffolk man after he was introduced to her by a business acquaintance, it has been alleged.

The 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by Phillip Skinner while IT consultant Jason Cutts, who had introduced them to each other, watched, Ipswich Crown Court was told yesterday.

Skinner, 60, of Kitchen Hill, Bulmer, Sudbury, has denied one offence of rape while Cutts, 43, of Cambridge, has denied six offences of rape, two offences of indecent assault, 13 offences of making indecent images of children, possessing indecent images of children and one offence of distributing an indecent image of a child.

John Farmer, prosecuting, alleged that Cutts had raped the girl and had been present when Skinner had sex with her.

The alleged offences came to light in 2009 when the alleged victim confronted Cutts about what he had done to her and he allegedly made admissions.

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However, after his arrest he told police he had just woken up when he spoke to the girl and didn’t know what he had been admitting to.

During police questioning he denied any inappropriate conduct with the girl and also denied being responsible for downloading indecent images of children found on his computer when he was arrested.

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Mr Farmer told the court that when Skinner’s’ computer was searched after his arrest a “considerable number” of indecent images of children were found on it and he had pleaded guilty before the start of the trial to having these images.

The trial continues today.

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