Man denies he made up claims

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A MAN who says he was abused by his Boys’ Brigade leader has denied making the allegations up so that he can claim compensation.

The alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also rejected claims he concocted the story because he felt hurt after Terence Cawte rejected his advances.

Cawte, 74, the former captain of Leigh Park Boys’ Brigade, and then owner of The Portsmouth Christian Book Centre in New Road, North End, denies abusing two boys between the 1970s and 1990s.

Yesterday the jury at Portsmouth Crown Court heard from one of the alleged victims, now in his 30s, who accuses Cawte of abusing him from the age of five up to 16.

Sarah Jones, defending Cawte, said: ‘You were hurt by his rejection and you’re blaming him.’

‘I’m blaming him for what he did to me,’ he replied.

Miss Jones said: ‘You think there might be some money in it.’

‘There’s no money in Mr Cawte,’ he replied.

Miss Jones asked the alleged victim if he was aware of the Criminal Injuries Board, which pays compensation to victims of crime.

‘I have heard of it,’ he said, before telling the court he had not been in contact with the organisation.

Married father-of-three Cawte, who attended Leigh Park Methodist Church, is accused of abusing two youngsters at his home in Waterlooville and at his former bookshop.

The second alleged victim, who is now in his 40s, says he was aged 13 to 15 when Cawte abused him in the 1970s, when Cawte lived in Forest Close, Waterlooville.

Cawte, of Maytree Gardens, Waterlooville, denies five multiple incident counts of indecent assault on a male, one of indecency with a child and two other sexual offences.

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