A WATTISFIELD man has denied ever acting inappropriately towards a young girl who says she was repeatedly raped by him.
Stuart Greener has also denied indecently assaulting the girl and said he did not rape another woman.
Greener, giving evidence at his trial at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday, told the jury that the allegations were ‘ridiculous’.
The 53-year-old, of The Oaks, Wattisfield, has pleaded not guilty to four offences of indecently assaulting the same girl and eight offences of raping her.
He also denies a charge of raping another woman.
The offences are alleged to have taken place between February 1994 and February 2003.
Greener told the jury that prosecution claims that he had plied the girl with alcohol and drugs in order to make her more compliant were entirely untrue.
“None of it happened,” he said.
A former schoolfriend of the girl said in a statement read to the court that she had met Greener and his behaviour had never given her cause for concern.
She said as far as she was aware Greener had never behaved inappropriately.
The prosecution has alleged that Greener kept the girl in an ‘atmosphere of fear’ as she was anxious about what he would do if she revealed details of the alleged offences.
The assaults began before the girl was aged 10 and continued for the next eight years, said Riel Karmy-Jones prosecuting.
Eventually the girl decided to confide in her mother which led to the police being informed and Greener was arrested.
The jury heard that in December 1996 Greener was convicted by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court of raping and indecently assaulting a 16-year-old girl, resulting in him being jailed for five years.
The trial continues.