Portchester pensioner denies sexual assault on girl aged five

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A YOUNG girl has told a court how she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a man in his 60s.

Christopher Barrable, 68, is accused of molesting the girl, who was aged five and six, a number of times in 2009 and 2010.

Barrable, who lived in Portchester at the time, denies touching the girl in a sexual way.

A jury at Portsmouth Crown Court heard the allegations came to light after the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told her parents.

In a DVD played to the court yesterday the girl said: ‘He was being bad.

‘He was trying to kind of get under here (her underwear) and it’s really annoying and he kept doing it when I wasn’t looking.

‘I said “stop it” and then he started laughing at what he had done and he kept on doing it.’

Asked how many times it had happened she said: ‘I don’t know.

‘I think a lot but I can’t count how many.’

She added: ‘I feel angry about what he has done. Grown-ups shouldn’t do it because it’s quite bad.’

The jury heard that when police arrested Barrable and asked him if he had touched the girl he said: ‘Not that I am aware of, that’s the truth.

‘I’m not aware that I have done that.’

Barrable, now of Sweetwater Close, Guildford, Surrey, denies a multiple incident count of sexual assault.

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