Alleged sex victim claims Lakenheath man ‘wrecked’ his life

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A Lakenheath man on trial for historic sex offences ‘wrecked’ the life of one of his alleged victims, a court has heard.

Brian Gibbs, 46, of Wingfield Road, Lakenheath, is accused of carrying out 12 offences of indecent assault on six boys between January 1990 and December 1997.

He is also accused of seven offences of making indecent images of children in Lakenheath in September 2013, all of which he denies.

Today, a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court heard from one of Gibbs’ alleged victims.

Giving evidence via a police-recorded video tape, the 34-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed he had suffered sex abuse at the hands of Gibbs when he was a child and that his life had been ‘wrecked’ as a result.

Asked what impact the alleged abuse had on him, the man said: “It’s made me feel not like a man, made me not trust men, made me not want relationships, not want to go out.

“It’s just wrecked it basically. I feel dirty. I just feel dirty from what I let him do.”

He claimed that Gibbs, who previously lived in Saffron Walden, used to take car loads of boys on trips and would buy them cigarettes, alcohol and food, and even let them drive.

“He allowed us to drive his car so we keep our mouths shut,” he said.

The alleged victim told the jury that Gibbs had touched him inappropriately ‘hundreds of times’ when he was a front seat passenger and on one occasion gave him and another boy 200 Benson and Hedges cigarettes and a Zippo lighter to pull their trousers down.

He added that Gibbs would invite him and other boys to his house to party when his parents were away and would allow them to drink his father’s alcohol.

He said: “We were all from a poor background so when you have a geezer buying you cigs every day, alcohol, food...”

Gibbs accepts that he spent time with the boys but rejects any claim of sexual impropriety.

The trial continues.