ONE of three women who allege they were victims of sexual abuse decades ago kept quiet to protect her father’s health, a court heard.
Martin Phillips, 42, from Main Street, Haverigg, was in Barrow Crown Court yesterday charged with one count of indecent assault and two counts of indecency with a child.
He is alleged to have sexually abused three girls on separate occasions in Bootle, in the late 1980s and in 1990.
On the second day of the trial, the jury heard from a 34-year-old woman who told the court she was abused by Phillips as a girl aged “seven or eight”.
In a pre-recorded video played to the court of an interview given to police last year, she said she recalled being in her older brother’s bedroom with the defendant, who performed a sex act on her.
The victim said she blocked the memories but had confided in boyfriends and her ex-husband.
One of the alleged victims, 32, also gave evidence yesterday, claiming that Phillips forced her to perform sex acts on him.
She told the court she thought the details of the abuse could “kill” her father, who had been in poor health.
Two of the women say they were unaware that the other had been abused until a conversation in 2009, while on a night out.
The husband of one of the alleged victims, who witnessed the conversation, told the court: “They were both really upset.”
He also described how his wife would start “shaking” at any mention of child abuse on the news. Phillips denies all the charges.
The trial was set to continue today.
northwest evening mail