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AN ALLEGED victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a Boys’ Brigade leader has denied making the story up.

Two men, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claim Terence Cawte abused them after they met him at the Havant and Leigh Park club, in the 1970s to 1990s.

Yesterday one of the men, who is now in his 30s, gave evidence at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Sarah Jones, defending Cawte, accused him of getting carried away and making the allegations up.

‘If you want to, believe that, but no, it’s not true,’ he said.

He told the jury he had flashbacks about the abuse.

‘They are flashback memories of what happened and where they were,’ he said. ‘Am I making this up? Hand on my heart, no I’m not.’

Married father-of-three Cawte, 74, 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.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at his home and at The Portsmouth Christian Book Centre, in New Road, North End, which he owned at the time.

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