Portsmouth man goes on trial over child sex abuse claims

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A MAN has gone on trial accused of sexually assaulting a child.

Jonathon Oldland is alleged to have repeatedly abused the girl – who was under the age of 10 years old – between 2002 and 2004.

The 29-year-old denies the allegations.

Oldland, who is married, was arrested in January after the alleged victim told a school friend about what she says happened.

The girl’s friend then told a teacher and the police were called.

Prosecutor David Jenkins told a jury of seven men and five women at Portsmouth Crown Court that Oldland had told the girl to ‘shut up’ when she tried to protest about the abuse.

‘He also said that he would hurt her if she ever told anyone,’ he said.

‘She told her friend, who told a teacher.

‘That’s when the police got involved.

‘He was interviewed by the police.

‘During the interview he basically denied all allegations of sexual impropriety with the girl.’

Oldland, of Mill Road, Portsmouth, denies multiple incident counts of attempted rape, indecent assault and indecency with a child.

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