Jury in child abuse case due to go out

TRIAL Terence Cawte
TRIAL Terence Cawte

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THE jury in the trial of a Boys’ Brigade leader accused of abusing children has heard closing speeches from both sides.

Prosecutor Robert Bryan said Terence Cawte had lied to the jury and was trying to hide behind the image of an honest, religious man.

Sarah Jones, defending, accused the alleged victims of fabricating their stories and said one of them was in it for the compensation.

Cawte, former captain of the Leigh Park Boys Brigade, is accused of abusing two youngsters at his home in Waterlooville and at his former bookshop, The Portsmouth Christian Book Centre, in New Road, North End, between the 1970s and 1990s.

Mr Bryan said: ‘Much has been made of the defendant’s faith, perhaps his piety, but that’s not a defence.’

The jury was due to go out today.

Miss Jones said: ‘He told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth however extraordinary you may find it.’

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.