Man took ‘every opportunity’ to assault girl, court hears

Christopher Ranson, 62, of Lees Lane, Gosport, appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court charged with five counts of indecent assault.''The charges related to alleged offences between 1974 and 1985
Christopher Ranson, 62, of Lees Lane, Gosport, appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court charged with five counts of indecent assault.''The charges related to alleged offences between 1974 and 1985

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A MAN accused of historic sex offences against a young girl sang as he abused her, a court heard.

Christopher Ranson, 62, of Lees Lane, Gosport, appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court charged with five counts of indecent assault.

Prosecutor David Jenkins told the jury the charges related to alleged offences between 1974 and 1985.

Mr Jenkins said Ranson would take ‘every opportunity’ to touch the girl when she was aged between 11 and 15.

She was aged around six at the time of one charge and between 11 and 15 at the times of the others.

A police video interview of the victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was played to jurors yesterday.

In it the victim, now in her 40s, said Ranson would abuse her and sing the Queen song Fat Bottomed Girls and a song with the lyrics ‘fiddle about, fiddle about’ from The Who’s film Tommy.

Ranson, dressed in a white shirt and tie, sat in the dock as the case against him was outlined by Mr Jenkins.

The bricklayer pleaded not guilty to all of the charges at an earlier hearing.

In her interview, the victim said: ‘He treated me like his little girlfriend. He even joked about it.’

Mr Jenkins told the jury: ‘Why’s she taken so long to come forward?

‘People very often take years and years to get used to what happened to them, then they want to bring it all up and get rid of it from their memories.’

All of the charges are of indecent assault.

The first dates from between November 3, 1974 and November 4, 1976, when the alleged victim was about six.

The second is alleged to have taken place between November 3, 1982 and November 4, 1984.

A multiple-incident count is also alleged between November 3, 1980 and November 3, 1983.

Another charge of the same is alleged between November 3, 1983 and November 3, 1985 and the final multiple-incident count is alleged to have happened between November 3, 1983 and November 3, 1985.

The trial is expected to go into next week.

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